Imagine if you, or your pregnant wife, were to enter a hospital to deliver your child today— and without your knowledge or consent, the doctors in charge permanently disabled you from having another child, ever again.
That is Nigora’s story.
The day after she had an emergency C-section to rescue her first child, the doctors informed her that she had been sterilized. On the same day, her newborn died.
She is 24 years old and can never have children.
Nigora lives in Uzbekistan, where thousands of other women have similar stories to tell, and more women live through them with each passing day.
Rumors or tall tales? The British Broadcasting Corporation ran a special report on its World Service: it reveals first-hand accounts of doctors that divulge how the government of Uzbekistan is currently running a secret nationwide program to sterilize women. The BBC has also personally interviewed Uzbekistan women sterilized without their knowledge or consent.
More details on the issue can be found on the Change.org online petition to the governments of Uzbekistan and other nations.
If reading about this has struck your heart in any way at all, I urge you to take two minutes to click the link, sign it, and reblog. Few people know about this, and it desperately needs signal boosting.
“Karimov (the President of Uzbekistan) has managed to get to the point in his relationship with the West when there are no consequences for his actions and human rights abuses,” says Steve Swerdlow, director of Human Rights Watch in Central Asia.“There is a deafening silence when it comes to human rights. Reports of forced sterilisation add urgency to breaking this silence.”