The Other Hundred: Uighur Butcher in Kyrgyzstan Is All Halal


Sukhrab Bazarbaev, 42, is a self-employed butcher with two shops in Tokmok, a city of 50,000 people in northern Kyrgyzstan. One of the country’s small Uighur minority, he sells only halal beef, though he himself is not a Muslim.

He starts work each day at 8 a.m., cutting up several beef carcasses. He and his brother then sell his meat until 5 in the afternoon. He rents his two shops, but owns his own refrigerators and mincers.

Bazarbaev started his business in 2010 after spending a year serving as an apprentice to a local butcher. Today, he earns around US$500 a month, well above the national average wage of US$200, and enough for him to take good care of his wife and two teenage sons.

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