Kyrgyzstan Woman Prohibited by Muslims From Burying Mother in Village Cemetery

Cemetery II pd(Open Doors USA) Early in the morning, on October 13, Kanygul Satybaldiyeva, a 76-year-old Christian woman, died in Sary-Talaa, a village in Kyrgyzstan. According to Radio Freedom in Central Asia, her daughter, Jyldyz Azaeva, was not permitted to bury her mother in the local village cemetery.

Only Muslims may be buried there, and Kanygul and her daughter are both Christians, members of a Baptist church. The following day, the imam of the district gathered together people in the village to demand that Azaeva, “Convert to Islam or find another place!”

Because of the villagers’ resistance to her efforts to bury her mother in the local cemetery, Azaeva asked for help from the local state administration. After many debates and searches, a place to bury Satybaldieva’s body was found and she was laid to rest at the village cemetery in Oruktu.

However, residents there began to protest as well, resulting in the exhumation of Staybaldiyeva’s body and the removal of her remains from the Oruktu cemetery. Some even began to call for Azaeva to be stoned for burying her mother in a Muslim cemetery.

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