As a result many Tajik men travel to Russia or Kazakhstan to find work. Some estimates say that one in four Tajik families has a family member working abroad. Their families depend on the money they send home.
This photo diary from BBC News shows a glimpse of the life of those left behind in Tajikistan (photo above is from the article).
Now Russia is cutting back on guest workers because of economic problems. That probably means more hardship for Tajik families in the future.
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