Kyrgyzstan

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Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked and mountainous country bordered by Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and China. It has experienced a struggle
for political stabilization among ethnic conflicts, civil revolts, economic troubles and transitional governments and is among the
top countries in the world with the highest perceived level of corruption. Human rights groups are alarmed at the increase in riots
- some caused by the arrest of journalists, human rights activists and religious leaders who are appealing the strict government
controls. Human trafficking is of such concern that it is recommended women under the
age of 23 not travel without a parent or spouse. The country's economy has been affected by the breakup of the Soviet trading
bloc, resulting in a loss of markets and a dependency on other countries for oil. Islam is the dominant religion with a growing influence in the country's politics. Due to the 2010 civil war, more than 300,000 people were displaced and many children left as orphans. Young Life has been a stabilizing presence during these times of unrest, providing support and care at the Young Life Center in Bishkek. Our local area director continues to maintain good relations with the government authorities and has been given the position of advisor of Youth Affairs. We also have a presence in the schools providing mentoring, scholarships and transitional housing for the many orphans in this region.

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