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Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan

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Capital
Bishkek

Size
Slightly smaller than South Dakota.

Main Languages
Kyrgyz and Russian

Time
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 5:00 p.m. in Kyrgyzstan.

History
The U.S.S.R. (often called “The Soviet Union”) was the largest communist country in the world. In the early 1990s, it broke up into many smaller countries. Kyrgyzstan was one of those countries. Today most of the people are Muslim, but many do not take their faith very seriously.

 

Religion
Mostly Muslim.

Persecution
Even though many people in Kyrgyzstan are not serious about their Muslim faith, many do not like it when a Muslim becomes a Christian. They believe Islam is part of their culture.

Sometimes Muslims refuse to let Christians bury their dead in local cemeteries. Christians say that sometimes police will not help them when Muslims cause them trouble or harass their church members.


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