Turkmen Capital Targets Street Kids Ahead of International Games

Child beggars have long been part of the social fabric in Ashgabat, where some families acknowledge that they depend on such income for survival. However, Ashgabat police have begun clearing the streets of those children as the Turkmen capital gears up for the Asian Indoor And Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in September, according to residents and parents interviewed by RFE/RL. Police officers, raiding the city in vans, order such children home and warn them not to return to the streets,...

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