“It was decided by lot that I had to go (to harvest cotton) in the first shift. My husband also had to go in this shift. Our kids are not too small anymore, but we still cannot leave them alone yet. Fortunately, at least they do not send first-year college and high school students.
I explained the situation (to the head of the kindergarten) and asked her permission to leave in the second shift. But she said that this was not her choice to make and faced me with the choice to either go to the harvest or to pay 700,000 Som ($110).
September has just started, we brought our two kids to school… right now, there simply is no extra money. Hearing my refusal again, the head of kindergarten told me to leave voluntarily… “
Information and translation provided by Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights.