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Not In Our Name: Testimonials

In an effort to assess the impact of Not In Our Name among target audiences, RFE/RL returned in September to the southwestern district of Aravan in Kyrgyzstan’s Osh region, where the project’s first episode was recorded, to conduct informal focus groups. Aravan is home to one third of all Kyrgyzstani citizens who left for Syria.

Participants in the focus groups were divided into “adult” and “youth” groups and viewed project segments (“talk-shows”). They then participated in a moderated discussion about the project’s methodology and content, and expressed the following, excerpted reactions: