March 27, 2004 - Ketchickan Daily News: From Ketchikan to Kyrgyzstan: David Mitchel, Peace Corps volunteer

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From Ketchikan to Kyrgyzstan: David Mitchel, Peace Corps volunteer

From Ketchikan to Kyrgyzstan: David Mitchel, Peace Corps volunteer

From Ketchikan to Kyrgyzstan: David Mitchel, Peace Corps volunteer

From Ketchikan to Kyrgyzstan: Peace Corps volunteer

In one of the poorest countries of Central Asia a country of mountains where the people live hand-to-mouth and wonder whether they were better off under the Soviet Communist system Ketchikan resident David Mitchel is trying to make a difference.

It can be frustrating working to improve the economic situation of people in Kyrgyzstan, Mitchel said, especially because due mostly to the effects of the Soviet education system the people tend to be complacent and often lack the critical-thinking training imperative to a successful capitalist system.

Mitchel was home recently to attend his brother's wedding, and spoke with the Daily News about his experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Kyrgyz Republic.

The population there is about 5 million, he said, and the country was under Soviet rule until 1991. The once-nomadic people live a mostly subsistence lifestyle in a land of about 90 percent mountains. Mitchel is assigned to the village of International.




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Story Source: Ketchickan Daily News

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