Young artists in Kyrgyzstan sent Azimjan Askarov these drawings to cheer him up. On the right you can glimpse some of his own sketches.
A few years ago, Azimjan Askarov was living with his wife and their two sons in a Kyrgyzstan (Keer giz stan) village. (To find where Kyrgyzstan is, see the map below.)
The family made homemade jams and pickled foods grown in their garden. They liked baking cakes together. They were looking forward to the wedding of one son. Azimjan was working as the director of an organization that monitors and defends human rights.
But everything changed in June 2010.