Following the rise in tension and consequent violence, an estimated 75,000 ethinic Uzbeks living in Kyrgyzstan have fled their homes for the safety of Uzbekistan. More are waiting at the border to cross but transit is slow with the Uzbek authorities closing and opening the crossing points citing their inability to cope withthe influx.
The refugees are mainly women and children and have brought no/few personal possessions with them having left their homes in a hurry. They are now living in 7-9 temporary camps and various accommodation centres in and around the settlements of Fergana, Namangan, Qorasuv, Prakhtabad, Jalajuduk, Mahalla and Andijan in Andijan province, Uzbekistan. They are mainly women and children.
Total numbers affected and in need of emergency food aid: Different sources quote different numbers of refugees, though UNHCR estimates that 75,000 refugees had crossed the border into Uzbekistan before they closed on 14 June 2010 with tens of thousands more waiting to cross. While WFP therefore expects to adopt a planning figure of 100,000 for programme purposes, given the IR EMOP budget limit, this proposal envisages assisting the 75.000 refugees already present. Most refugees arriving in Uzekistan are women, chldren and elderly.
Kyrgyzstan, officially the Kyrgyz Republic, is a landlocked, country in Central Asia dominated by the majestic Tian Shan snow-capped mountain range. A former Soviet Republic, the country gained independence in 1991....