Four years later, and only quiet prayers

The sky is grey and windy, and the air peppered by occasional faint wisps of snow. The earth, however, yawns with the first shoots of verdant green. Today is the fourth anniversary of Kyrgyzstan’s second revolution. Mustafa Coşkun, an anthropologist with the Max Planck Institute, and I took a walk to Ala-Too Square to see how the Kyrgyz commemorate the event. Young men and women kneeling in mumbled prayer in front of the executive building, like mournful perched falcons. A flower on a piece of lawn, marking the spot where a man was shot to death by snipers. More flowers…

The sky is grey and windy, and the air peppered by occasional faint wisps of snow. The earth, however, yawns with the first shoots of verdant green.

Today is the fourth anniversary of Kyrgyzstan’s second revolution. Mustafa Coşkun, an anthropologist with the Max Planck Institute, and I took a walk to Ala-Too Square to see how the Kyrgyz commemorate the event.

Young men and women kneeling in mumbled prayer in front of the executive building, like mournful perched falcons. A flower on a piece of lawn, marking the spot where a man was shot to death by snipers. More flowers adorning the Soviet-style monument depicting two Kyrgyz men, the vanguard of light, pushing down the darkness.

It’s a remarkably quiet way to commemorate what had been such a loud, tumultuous event.

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