|UNHCR chief visits southern Kyrgyzstan, says further help needed
OSH, Kyrgyzstan, (30 June 2010) – UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today visited southern Kyrgyzstan and appealed to the international community not to turn its attentions away from the tens of thousands of people still faced with having to rebuild lives and overcome trauma following the violence there in mid-June.
"The world was taken by surprise with Kyrgyzstan, we must not be taken by surprise again," he said. "Entire communities here have been left fractured and embittered. Immediate and sustained humanitarian help is needed to avert a dangerous expansion of grievance and loss."
Since mid June, and with some tens of thousands of people having been displaced inside Kyrgyzstan as well as across the border into Uzbekistan, UNHCR has rushed hundreds of tonnes of emergency relief into the two countries in a series of massive air shipments from Dubai.
Photo: A UNHCR relief convoy enters Kyrgyzstan at the border with Uzbekistan. © UNHCR/S.Grigoryan