Photographer's Note

Once a busy fishing port of Karakalpakstan, supporting thousands of fishermen and their families, Moynaq is now a dying town with unhealthy, salty and dusty air. Most inhabitants are the elderly looking after the children whose parents have left in search for jobs.

These days Moynaq's only claim to fame and a magnet for a small trickle of tourism is the lake that... does not exist - the Aral Sea which shrank as a result of an ambitious plan, conceived in the 1940s, to grow cotton in the desert.

I dedicate this one to Gert as he said he would like to visit Karakalpakstan. Moynaq is a sad must-see.

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Additional Photos by Kasia Nowak (kasianowak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1597 W: 9 N: 3247] (16832)
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