National Geographic : 2009 Sep
PHOTO JOURNAL | CAROLYN DRAKE The Namaz-e-Tawbah, a Muslim daily prayer of repentance, is recited by many in a country where Islam is the dominant faith. Nearly 90 percent of the population is Sunni, though not everyone is devout. Religion was not practiced openly until 1991, when Uzbekistan gained independence from the Soviet Union. A woman rounds a corner in Andijon, where high walls hem streets and authorities strive to regulate religious practices and inhibit social unrest. In 2005 the city was the site of a massacre in which hundreds of unarmed protesters were shot and killed by government security forces.