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Displacement and Return in Kyrgyzstan Situation Report No.15, 29 June 2010
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Wednesday, 30 June 2010
UNHCR assisting some 375,000 displaced in southern Kyrgyzstan

Geneva (29 June 2010) -- This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 29 June 2010, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The situation in southern Kyrgyzstan remained relatively calm over the weekend. Humanitarian access to different parts of Osh, Jalalabad and villages in southern parts of the country is gradually improving.    

As Uzbek refugees return to Kyrgyzstan, UNICEF airlifts aid to affected region

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (28 June, 2010) – Mashura Mamakhanova’s thumb and index finger seem impossibly large as they caress her daughter’s tiny hand in the incubator where the newborn sleeps. Born 10 weeks premature, the baby weighs just 900 grammes, but doctors at the Perinatal Centre in Andijan, Uzbekistan had no choice but to induce her birth.

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“The doctors had already told me I was in critical condition with kidney problems and high blood pressure,” Ms. Mamakhanova, 30, said from her hospital bed, where she must still spend most of her day.   

Displacement and Return in Kyrgyzstan Situation Report No.14, 28 June 2010
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Tuesday, 29 June 2010
SRSG Jenca welcomes the peaceful and orderly conduct of the referendum in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, (June 28, 2010) -- The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) Ambassador Miroslav Jenča visited Kyrgyzstan during the constitutional referendum of 27 June. At a meeting with the Interim President Rosa Otunbayeva, he appreciated that the referendum was conducted smoothly and without major incidents in such difficult conditions.

The SRSG took note of the preliminary assessment of international and local observers who have stated that despite certain shortcomings the process was largely transparent. He was encouraged by the fact that despite the tragic events in the recent past and remaining challenges the turnout was solid. This clearly demonstrates the aspiration of the Kyrgyz people for peace, stability and democracy.   

Kyrgyzstan Unrest and Refugees in Uzbekistan Situation Report No.13, 27 June 2010
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Monday, 28 June 2010
Kyrgyzstan: Returning Family Fearful But Keen To Rebuild
Many of the families which fled southern Kyrgyzstan during the recent conflict, crossing the border into Uzbekistan, are now returning. WFP's Abeer Etefa met the members of one of these families as they began the journey from the border to the city of Osh. With their home destroyed and uncertain weeks ahead, WFP's assistance will be vital.

OSH  (26 June 2010) -- Early Friday morning we met a family returning from Uzbekistan. There was an old man, his wife, a grown-up son and daughter in law and five children. They were returning to their village at the foot of the hills on the south side of Osh. They fled across the border to Uzbekistan after the fighting began on June 11 and their homes were set on fire.

Kyrgyzstan Unrest and Refugees in Uzbekistan Situation Report No.12, 25 June 2010
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Monday, 28 June 2010
For displaced families in Kyrgyzstan, a difficult road back from the brink

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, (25 June 2010) – The civil unrest in southern Kyrgyzstan has not spared any household in Djalal-Abad province.

Hasan and Zulhumar Amanbaev and their four children lived all their lives in peace in the town of Djalal-Abad. On 12 June, the day after the killings started, they had to flee their house. At first they hid with relatives in Begabat village, several kilometres out of town. But again they were forced to leave, seeking safety in fields or gardens, fearing they would have to flee Kyrgyzstan altogether.     

Large numbers of refugees returning to Kyrgyzstan need humanitarian aid

JALAL-ABAD, Kyrgyzstan, (June 25, 2010) – Amid mass returns from Uzbekistan to Kyrgyzstan, UNHCR field officers have been visiting groups of returning refugees and displaced people near the southern towns of Osh and Jalal-Abad.

According to the Kyrgyz authorities, 70,000 refugees have returned so far. At the same time, internally displaced people (IDPs) are also returning to their places of origin.

Both refugees and IDPs have expressed mixed feelings to UNHCR staff about going home. Although they want to be reunited with their families, many are worried for their safety and about going back to destroyed, damaged or looted homes.   


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