People, who Kyrgyzstan can be proud of.
How many famous Kyrgyz people do you know? If you´ve never been to Kyrgyzstan, probably not many. Let´s not talk about Manas, let us introduce other people, who Kyrgyzstan can be proud of.
It is known, that regarding to Islam, which is not the religion that comes to mind when one thinks of providing equal status for women. Roza Otunbaeva, a politician and 3rd president of Kyrgyzstan from April 2010 until December of 2011, is a proof, that Kyrgyz nation is more open-minded than you would expect. Otunbayeva was born in Bishkek and graduated from the Philosophy Faculty of Moscow State University. After her studies, she went abroad, but upon her return to Kyrgyzstan in late 2004, Otunbayeva became politically active. She was leader of Tulip Revolution, which lead to development of a democratic political system in Kyrgyzstan and finally, she became head of Kyrgyz interim government. Otunbayevas appearance in politics of Kyrgyzstan is considered to be unusual as there are few women that are politicians in this country. She is proud of her Kyrgyz origins and culture and at the same time, Kyrgyz people are proud of Roza Otunbayeva – the first woman to lead a Central Asian country.
Roza Otunbaeva was succeeded by Almazbek Atambayev, the current President of Kyrgyzstan and another remarkable person of Kyrgyz nation. The way to become Kyrgyz president was not without any problems.Atambayev received only 6% of the vote in presidential election in 2000. In 2007, he was confirmed as the first prime minister in Central Asia to come from an opposition party. Not everyone agreed with his political opinions. After two months of being in charge of Kyrgyz government, he was poisoned by unknown offender. He drank a glass of water in his office and stayed unconscious for two days. Atambayev has proved to be a brave men. “They won’t frighten me with poisoning and assaults,” he said. Atambayev was one of the candidates for the presidential election in 2009. On the Election Day, he withdrew his candidacy due to massive and unprecedented violence. After becoming a president, he focused on the need for closer economic relations with Russia and Turkey.
Now, let´s move to another field of activity. Have you ever heard about Chyngyz Aitmatov, the best known figure in Kyrgyzstan’s literature? Don´t miss his most notable work- “Jamila”, which is based on writer´s childhood. It is a story about love between young couple. While Jamila´s husband is at the front as a soviet soldier during The 2 World War, she falls in love with a crippled young man, Daniyar. Aitmatov`s work was influenced by the changes that were happening by this time in Kyrgyzstan. His obituary in The New York Times described him as: “A Communist writer whose novels and plays before the collapse of the Soviet Union gave a voice to the people of the remote Soviet republic of Kyrgyz.”
And what about science? Of course, even here we can find a notable name, and it´s Isa Akhunbaev, soviet surgeon and academician from the 20th century, who managed the first heart operation in Central Asian. Akhunbaev is not known abroad, but he is a highly respected scientist and personality in Kyrgyzstan. He spent his childhood as a shepherd boy and his decision to become a doctor was based on seeing the death of an old woman, who suffered a lot and doctors were not able to help her. He could not forget the look on her face and this motivated him to study hard. He was awarded with the Order of Lenin and many other medals, but what is more important, he is held in high regard by his people.