KYRGYZ COUNTRYSIDE: “My friend said lets go to Russia together [to work]. I called my mom to tell her, but she began to cry and asked me not to leave her,” said Kenjebek, 35 and the youngest son in a family of seven children.
In Kyrgyz tradition, the youngest son should return home to help out and take care of his parents. Thus Kenjebek returned home to his village after finishing his higher degree, turning down his friend.
A history teacher and father of two girls, Kenjebek hopes to visit Europe some day. But his main priority in the mid-term is having a son.
Kenjebek said he knows his family history back to his 10th grandfather, who had two wives. One of that grandfather’s family moved to this region of Kyrgyzstan, he said.