Kazakhstan: “Abortion” Toy Shocks Parents
Some macabre children's toys are on sale in northern Kazakhstan, according to press reports.The gruesome playthings appear to imitate an abortion or miscarriage, an Interfax report said: “A plastic keg-shaped box contains a human embryo in red liquid. If the cover of the container opens, the embryo falls out together with [a] sticky mucus.”“When my nine-year-old daughter brought the toy home, I was shocked,” Interfax quoted an outraged parent as saying.The toys are reported to be on sale at markets and toy stores across Kostanay at a cost of 60-100 tenge (around 40-75 cents).In contravention of Kazakh law, the packaging displays no writing in Kazakh or Russian, only what the report describes as “hieroglyphics.” That suggests the toys may have been manufactured in neighboring China, Central Asia’s number one source of cheap consumer goods.Sale of the grisly toys is not limited to Kostanay – they are also on sale near a school in the northwestern city of Oral, displayed alongside more run-of-the-mill items such as exercise books and chewing gum, reports the Uralsk.info local news website alongside a gory picture of the offending item.
Joanna Lillis is a journalist based in Almaty and author of Dark Shadows: Inside the Secret World of Kazakhstan.
Sign up for Eurasianet's free weekly newsletter. Support Eurasianet: Help keep our journalism open to all, and influenced by none.