December 26, 1996 |
The old man roams what used to be the floor of the Aral Sea, coaxing a ram, a goat and a cow in search of food in what is now relentless desert. Not far away is the rusting hull of the fishing boat that three decades ago he sailed high above, on the surface of bountiful waters. The marooned wreck stands askew amid a ghostly fleet anchored in salty dunes. Stopping his tiny herd in a patch of desert grass, he encounters a stranger who inquires about the sea.
March 30, 2005 |
Ousted President Askar A. Akayev, who fled this Central Asian country after protesters took over the main government building Thursday in a popular revolution, reemerged Tuesday in Moscow and gave an apparent boost to the new authorities' bid to consolidate the dramatic political changes. Akayev told Russia's state-run Channel One television that he would be prepared to formally resign "provided I am given appropriate guarantees and if this fully complies with Kyrgyz law."