The Kirghiz are a Sunni Mongoloid group speaking Kipchak Turkic dialects whowere originally from Central Asia. About 3,000 lived in the Pamir mountains eastof the Wakhan Corridor, one of the more inaccessible regions in the world whererelatively flat valleys suitable for habitation lie at altitudes over 10,000feet between ranges rising over 16,500 feet. Only a small group remains. Amajority moved to Pakistan in 1978 after Soviet and Afghan troops occupied theWakhan; later, in 1983, resettled in Turkey.
The Kirghiz lived in yurts, tended large flocks of sheep and utilized yakwhich are found only in this area of Afghanistan.
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