Children of Kyrgyzstan - the Link of Times


BISHKEK, 1 June 2017 – UNICEF together with Bishkek City Administration and News Agency ‘ Sputnik Kyrgyzstan’ launched a photo project “Children of Kyrgyzstan – the Link of Times”.

This interactive project includes photos depicting the life of Kyrgyz children from different parts of the Republic in the period of 1900-1990.  Sputnik Kyrgyzstan photographers mirrored these images with photos of today’s life of children and young people. The photo project will be launched online on the 1st of June, International Children’s Day as well as offline: billboards, bus stops and open-air gallery on Bishkek’s main square – Ala-Too.

Opening the press conference, UNICEF Representative in Kyrgyzstan Yukie Mokuo said: “Today, over two million children live in Kyrgyzstan. A significant progress has been achieved to protect their rights: mortality of children under 5 was reduced by 2/3 and a mandatory program of school preparedness covers over 90 per cent of children. Still, many issues remain.  By launching this project, UNICEF calls to do more long-term investments in younger, disadvantaged children, which will make the most difference to ensure Kyrgyzstan’s prosperity in future.” 

Sputnik Kyrgyzstan Director Yelena Cheremenina added: “We are happy to see that photographs taken by Sputnik Kyrgyzstan photo correspondent Tabyldy Kadyrbekov have become part of the joint project with UNICEF, which was designed to remind everyone once again that children are our hope, wealth and future!”.

Bishkek City Administration Head of Education Department Saule Meyermanova reminded that this year was announced the year of morality, education and culture by the President of Kyrgyzstan and the joint photo project will educate the citizens of Bishkek about the history of our country and present our present to think about our future – children.


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Sputnik Kyrgyzstan was launched in December 2014. The news agency’s assets include websites in Kyrgyz and Russian, radio, and a high-tech multimedia press centre. The Sputnik Kyrgyzstan website is a leading media outlet in the country. * Sputnik Kyrgyzstan is part of the international news agency and radio network with multimedia news hubs in dozens of countries. * According to LiveInternet as of May 1 2017