23 year old Ali Umarov with his son at home in Sary-Mogol after work. Ali began working in tourism in the 7th grade. His father Umar Tashbekov was the director of “CBT Sary-Mogol” where Ali is a senior mountain guide. He remembers quite well when there was no time for rest because he had to take care of the tourists. Since the COVID-19 pandemic he has to work at a coal mine as an electric welder. Ali is not satisfied with the work at the quarry where his health is in danger and hopes in the next year he can work with tourists again and leave the coal mine. Living with his parents, he married two years ago and has a child with his wife Aizirek and expects another one next year. His father Umar says that tourism was very good help to CBT and to guides, but the pandemic got in the way. His mother Neberehan is suffering from parkinson’s disease since 15 years. Ali has to earn money for his whole family.
This picture is part of the UNDP Eurasia project “Surviving a pandemic: Visual impacts of Covid-19” realised in 2020.
Credit: Danil Usmanov (Kyrgyzstan)
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