Radio Ozodlik, the Uzbek Service of Radio Europe/Radio Liberty, has received an urgent plea from students forced to pick cotton in Uzbekistan.
A student at the Faculty of Pediatrics at the Andijan Medical Institute, who gave only his first name, Abdumalilik, writes:
We need help, we are being tormented by fascistic methods. We are taken out to the field at 4:00 a.m. and forced to work for the entire day to pick 100 kilograms of cotton (220 lbs.)
There is no water. Lunch is given at 1:00 pm. We go to bed at midnight. We are woken from our beds at any time in order to hold meetings. The teacher, Khusan Ganievich, is swearing at the students with swear words, which is hard to take.
We ask for help.
Faculty of Pediatrics