In the central Asian nation of Uzbekistan, Christian churches are growing, and they're coming under increasing pressure from the government. Still, they're staying strong in the faith. In the scorching desert heat of western Uzbekistan, Christians are breaking the law. Their crime? holding a religious gathering without their church having official registration.
Soon after the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991, Uzbekistan, which includes a key section of the historic Silk Road, went back to repressing any group considered a threat to the government's grip on power.
(January 20, 2009)