October 30, 2009
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Desert Castles of Uzbekistan

Desert castles and forts rise from the sandy plains of Uzbekistan, a nation in central Asia. Some of the mud structures are 2,600 years old. Over the years, hundreds of forts were built to help protect farmers from invaders. Now the structures are crumbling due to centuries of exposure to wind and weather. WMF would like Uzbekistan's government to develop a plan to conserve the castles and forts, which are an important part of the nation's history.

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