Entries by Sophie Falsini

Over 30,000 People Sent by Train to Collect Cotton

Since the beginning of October, more than 30,000 residents of the Ferghana, Namangan and Surkhandarya regions have been sent by train to collect cotton in the western and northern regions of Uzbekistan. Cotton squads, consisting of unemployed residents, as well as employees of state organizations, went to work in the fields of the Khorezm and […]

Victim of the 2017 cotton harvest

A 60-year old resident of the village of Sharkobod in the Sokh district of the Ferghana region, Davron Davronbekov, who was sent to pick cotton in the Rishtan district, disappeared on October 11 during harvesting. Five days later, his body was found in a ditch near a cotton field. According to witnesses, the farmer fell into a […]

A Teacher’s Sad Story

For how long must we be victims of lies? What are the duties of a school director? Is it managing the school or sending people to fields to pick cotton? Is the state policy being tested on teachers? Are there any training courses which would teach directors public speaking skills, politics and raise their awareness […]

Teachers Hiring Workers to Pick Cotton

The BBC has learnt that the order to recall teachers and medical staff from the cotton fields is not being implemented everywhere. “In order not to miss lessons twelve of us agreed to hire people to pick cotton in our place and pay them 5,000 soms a day. Today, we received an order that all […]