Uzbekistan: Orphanage horrors

Registan guest-blogger David Walther's eyewitness account of starvation, abuse and deprivation in Uzbekistan government orphanages makes harrowing reading, and backs up his argument for an embargo on Uzbek cotton.


  • Mary

    Hmm, very distressing article on the children in the orpahnage in Uzbekistan…. My husband and I are considering adopting in Uzbekistan. The webistes that offer adoption in this country say that the children here are well cared for, and it is a country that you don’t have to worry about the parents abusing drugs or alcohol here.
    They say the orphans here are Asian heritage and some Russian slavic races as well…. Most Uzbekistan adoptive agencies say that the program for this country is a pilot program and it’s relatively easy to adopt from this country… After reading this story it makes me wonder how the agencies can say that the children are well cared for here…. something’s just not right… wonder what’s really going there…. Mary

  • Kassie

    I served in an Orphanage in Mexico in 2003-2004, a man visited our orphanage mainly focused on Uzbekistan Orphanages with horrific photo slides of the children undergoing the lives they live. I never wept so hard in my life, I was going to dedicate my life to orphans in hope one day to make it to help the children in Uzbekistan. I left the orphanage in Mexico due to an illness I had obtained. I cannot go to other countries as of now, but Uzbekistan Orphans weigh heavily upon my heart to this day, I knit and would like to knit for orphans in Uzbekistan. I hope someone has any knowledge in how I personally can make a difference through a skill I have.

    May the children of the world not suffer for our faults.

    Let’s make a difference.

  • james

    How does an American go about volunteering at an Uzbek orphanage?

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