The Sea That Isn’t... The Sea That Will Be!
A contest of stories devoted to the Aral Sea and the Aral Region has been announced. Invited are not only professional writers, but also all those who really care about the past, present and future of the region caught in the epicenter of an unprecedented
The idea of this creative contest was born in early summer, when a group of scientists, ecologists, writers, journalists, activists of nongovernmental organizations from Uzbekistan and other countries visited the Aral area.
In Uzbekistan, much has been done to overcome the negative consequences of the environmental crisis, improve living conditions, primarily by providing clean drinking water to the population of towns and villages of Karakalpakstan and Khorezm. Care for the health of mothers and children is among those efforts. There exists hope that the forest growing on the bottom of the dried up sea will eventually become a real obstacle to sandstorms. And the introduction of new technologies and the inspired work of people will transform the desert, return a unique biodiversity to these reserved expanses of our homeland. That the waters of the Amudarya and Syrdarya rivers will gradually fill the water area of the Aral Sea.
The celebrated poet Raim Farhadi, who initiated this contest, “Water is an invaluable gift”, recently visited our editorial office. In a conversation with reporters, he said that he is now writing a major book about the Aral Sea. The volume, he shared, will contain such lines: “The ships remained on the dock, the sea suddenly became offended, gone, the gulls lonely shouted, wings fought, as if about a glass...”
“Write an artistic story, and not just another sketch or outline; of course, the task is not easy. But the competition has already received several works written in Uzbek and Russian. Its results will be summed up in stages. Winners are to be awarded interesting prizes. Write, colleagues, create,” said Raim Hakimovich, wishing success to all participants.
The works are accepted in three languages – Russian, Uzbek and Karakalpak, at the following e- mail: konkurs. aral@ gmail. com