Fear in Andijon

by Nathan Hamm on 8/16/2005

RFE/RL talks to people in Andijon.

Another woman recounted one case of torture that ended in death of a teenager. “He went out to watch on [13 May] and got shot in the shoulder,” she said. “They brought the child to a clinic. After he’d been lying there for three days, they brought him to the police. Despite his wound, they stuck him in a filthy room for three days. There were so many people there wasn’t enough room to sit or lie down. They really made this poor kid suffer. Then they gave him an injection and sent him home. After that they called him in for interrogation every day. That shot they gave him must have been a lethal injection, since he died after about a month and a half. The wound never healed and his bones crumbled. The day before he died, he told how he’d been tortured. Even though it’s shameful, I’ll say it: They sodomized him with a piece of metal and a billy club. While the child was in the hospital, he’d told people that the soldiers shot him. When they tortured him, they said it was so that he wouldn’t tell anyone else.”

Much more at the link.

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