High school teacher, Syrdarya Region, May 2017

September 15, 2017

“If you refuse to work in the cotton fields, it is almost as if you are a traitor. Once the director gives the orders at a meeting, everybody has to obey. The reason is that the director always tells us that if anyone disobeys his order, he will dismiss that person. This is why we do whatever he tells us without uttering a word against it. Once you are on the list of those who should go to the cotton fields, just try not to be there, because the director will do his best to basically spoil your mood. He will start threatening that if you do not come to work you will be dismissed and so on.”