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2007.10.22

* Advancing the rights of orphaned children in Uzbekistan
* 02 Jul 2007


For 17-year-old Vicktoria Emelyanova, home is a palatial dormitory complete with a library, swimming pool and music hall. She and dozens of boys and girls who live at the Children’s Home # 22 in Tashkent, find there is no shortage of activities to fill the day. But while it’s home, its residents are not family. Vicktoria has been living here since her father committed suicide when she was 10-years-old. She was separated from her younger brother and sent alone to this state run orphanage.


At that time, she says conditions here were much worse, with older children beating and humiliating younger ones and staff members stealing school property.


Over the last few years, she says the home has greatly improved, with better management and amenities. But she feels something is still missing.


SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vicktoriya Emelyanova, 17 years old: “Of course there are many times I think about living with my family. I start thinking about why my parents got divorced and why my father killed himself. Why it all happened. I have a friend here who is like a sister to me, and with whom I can share all my secrets. But sometimes I really just wish I could have my younger brother with me.”


Placing orphans or children without family care in facilities like this is at the moment the only practice in Uzbekistan.


More than 20-thousand live in such care, in orphanages and special boarding schools. Yet most of them still have at least one surviving parent. Many were sent here because they were disabled or their parents could no longer afford to care for them.


UNICEF is working to promote alternatives to institutionalizing children – either keeping them with their own families, or putting them in family-style orphanages or foster homes.


16-year-old Gulozda Ruzibaeva says living in a foster home has turned her life around.


Gulozda’s mother died in 2003. Soon after, her father became mentally ill and was hospitalized. At first, her extended family worked to care for Gulozda and her two sisters. But after a year, they decided to send the girls to an orphanage.
Their case caught the attention of Rakhima Durdieva, a woman who had recently opened a foster home for children in the central western city of Urgench.


She offered to take Gulozda and her sisters into her small but growing family.


SOUNDBITE (Uzbek) Gulozda Ruzibaeva, 16 years old: “When we came into this family, everyone welcomed us with warm words. I felt like they met us as relatives, not as strangers from the street. When I met Rakhima, I felt I had met my new mother.”


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