A Kazakh man and woman wait for a train under a Soviet mural in Aralsk. Kazakhstan declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. The mural commemorates the events during the 1921 famine when Vladimir Lenin wrote a letter to Aralsk asking for assistance from the fishermen. They sent 14 rail wagons of fish to the famine-ravaged regions. Image by Taylor Weidman. Kazakhstan, 2018.