This report was written by Vikram Parekh, a researcher with Human Rights Watch, and edited by Lois Whitman, executive director of the Children's Rights division of Human Rights Watch, Hanny Megally, executive director of the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch, and Hania Mufti, London office director of the Middle East and North Africa division. Valuable assistance in the preparation of this report was provided by Virginia Sherry and Clarissa Bencomo, associate director and researcher respectively in the Middle East and North Africa division; Gamal Eid, a consultant to the Middle East and North Africa division; and Michael Bochenek, counsel to the Children's Rights division.
Human Rights Watch would like to thank the numerous Egyptian development and human rights organizations who kindly made their time available to us, including the Alternative Development Studies Center, the Association for Health and Environmental Development, the Center for Trade Union Worker Services, the NGO Coalition on Children's Rights, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, and the Hisham Mubarak Law Center. Special mention should be made of the Land Center for Human Rights, whose own prior work on child labor in cotton pest management first brought the issue to our attention and whose staff generously shared their time and findings. We would also like to thank Dr. Mahmoud Amr, Chairman of the Industrial Medicine and Occupational Diseases Department of Cairo University, for kindly meeting with us and providing copies of his published articles, and Dr. Mark Belsey, a consultant to international agencies and non-governmental organizations, for his helpful advice throughout. In addition, we wish to thank several development specialists, whose identities must remain anonymous, for their invaluable assistance in the preparation of this report. Finally, our work would not have been possible without the patience and hospitality of the agricultural engineers, child agricultural laborers, and other community members in the villages that we visited.