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Uzbekistan's changing markets

Pictures and text by the BBC's Central Asia service.

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Uzbekistan's bazaars have changed beyond recognition in recent years. A lack of jobs means that many men have gone abroad to work and women have stepped in to take their place at the numerous markets.


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Traditionally it was older men who sold melons at this market in the capital, Tashkent. But women are now in charge here too - a sign of the changing times.

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Some women work on their own but others work in families like this one in a market in Urgench, on the Amu Darya river on the other side of Uzbekistan from Tashkent.


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There is fierce competition for space in the bazaars, many of which have been converted into modern markets with allocated retail areas. There is not enough space for everyone, though, including these grape sellers.


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Unlike some of the male vendors, this woman greets customers with a big smile. Some invite people to taste their products or explain the health benefits of their wares.

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The market trade is often a family affair. Children usually work at the family stall when they have finished school, with the parents keeping a watchful eye in the background.


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There is no such thing as closing for a lunch break, so meals are taken on the fly when there are no customers.


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The men have not completely disappeared from Uzbekistan's markets, however. This couple are selling ready-to-eat stuffed sheep intestines, a popular dish.


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Luckyspin wrote:
Uzbekistan's bazaars have changed beyond recognition in recent years. A lack of jobs means that many men have gone abroad to work and women have stepped in to take their place at the numerous markets.

If the men were working on the markets, their disappearance is not because of lack of jobs.

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Luckyspin wrote:
Uzbekistan's bazaars have changed beyond recognition in recent years. A lack of jobs means that many men have gone abroad to work and women have stepped in to take their place at the numerous markets.

If the men were working on the markets, their disappearance is not because of lack of jobs.


Well spotted clever cloggs.... [clap2.gif]

so they went abroad to get away from these women I guess..... [sarcastic_blum.gif]

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wiz wrote:

so they went abroad to get away from these women I guess..... [sarcastic_blum.gif]



Maybe :rolf:

Could it also be that they discovered that they could make more money elsewhere [mystery.gif]

Mind you that would be because of jobs :lol: :lol: :rolf:

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