|UNFPA Responds to Urgent Needs of Victims of Kyrgyzstan Fighting|
UNITED NATIONS, New York (17 June 2010) — UNFPA has been gearing up to meet the humanitarian needs of those who have fled their homes in Kyrgyzstan as a result of the violence engulfing the country since 11 June. The Fund is particularly concerned about the fate of pregnant women who will deliver their babies in shelters and refugee camps.
Of those who had to leave their houses, more than 100,000 people, mostly women, children and old people, have fled from Kyrgyzstan into Uzbekistan, including more than 350 pregnant women who have been registered so far. The refugees are mostly located in the province of Andijan, where more than 80,000 people are staying in 48 temporary camps. Other refugees are located in Fergana and Namangan.
Working within the UN country team in Kyrgyzstan, UNFPA is delivering essential supplies to meet the urgent needs of affected women, including medicines, medical equipment and safe delivery kits, as well as personal hygiene and sanitary items. The supplies will be delivered to Osh and Jalalabad—the two Kyrgyz cities most affected by the recent violence—where they will be distributed by local partners, including health and non-governmental organizations.