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Camel Breeding In Uzbekistan

In the Navoi region of central Uzbekistan, a community of ethnic Kazakhs make their living by breeding camels. People come from miles around to purchase the camel's milk, which is considered to have medicinal properties. (Umida Akhmedova, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)
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Camels roaming in the sandy expanse of the Navoi region.  
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Camels roaming in the sandy expanse of the Navoi region.

 

Zamira, a camel milkmaid, with her family. For the Kazakhs, the skills of camel breeding are a closely guarded secret.
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Zamira, a camel milkmaid, with her family. For the Kazakhs, the skills of camel breeding are a closely guarded secret.

Zamira milks the camel from one side, while a calf suckles from the other side.
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Zamira milks the camel from one side, while a calf suckles from the other side.

This is Bakytbek, Zamira's son. The children spend the whole summer helping their parents with the camels.
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This is Bakytbek, Zamira's son. The children spend the whole summer helping their parents with the camels.

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