From the memories of Emomali Rahmon
“In the early 1990s, the Tajik town of Kulyab was in the grip of a devastating famine. People were dying of hunger while queuing to buy bread. During those dreadful times, the only thing people were yearning for was bread. Residents of Kulyab would pray to God for the weather not to deteriorate.
“Islam Karimov and the Uzbek people delivered seventeen helicopter-loads of flour from Termez to Kulyab on a daily basis.
“I remember how children would count the number of helicopters: if there were 17, it meant that the bakery was working and they would not die of starvation.”
(Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, January 1998)