In 1970, Tajik authorities took an attempt to resettle Yaghnobi people from their native kishlaks to Golodnaya (Hungry) Steppe, a cotton growing area on the border with Uzbekistan. For these people used to fresh mountain air, clear spring water
and cool temperatures, the resettlement was a real tragedy and they began to fall ill and die. Many of them returned to the mountains, to their native kishlaks. Nowadays, there are about 20 families living in 15 kishlaks.