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Kyrgyzstan, at the heart of Central Asia, is one of the world's newest states.
Once a part of the Soviet Union, the country has recently opened its doors to foreign travellers. John Pilkington walked across mountains and deserts, recording his impressions, and talking to local people along the way. He discovered a country where the struggle to avoid economic collapse is being hindered by ignorance of its very existence.
Producer John Watkins