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

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - KALEIDOSCOPE - Igor Saneyev

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

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