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The People of Tajikistan, Way of Life

irrigation canals, poverty line, rivers, rural areas, Tajikistan

The majority of people in Tajikistan have a rural way of life, and many live in traditional rural villages. Those villages situated near rivers or irrigation canals usually contain several hundred single-family houses, but those located on the steep mountain slopes are much smaller. People in rural areas wear mostly traditional garments, while those in the cities wear Western-style clothing. Nearly 90 percent of Tajiks live below the poverty line, as defined by the United Nations (UN). Government officials and their close associates constitute a small wealthy elite.



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irrigation canals, poverty line, rivers, rural areas, Tajikistan, Government officials, cities, United Nations, majority of people

 
 

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