The United Nations has launched a 57 million euro flash appeal for humanitarian aid for Kyrgyzstan, where as many as 400,000 people have been displaced due to ethnic violence around the town of Osh.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says there is a shortage of food, water and electricity in parts of Kyrgyzstan due to looting, lack of supplies and restricted movement.
Mukhaya Julayeva an internally displaced person described the living conditions:
“The government did not come here in order to know how we live here. We don’t live here; we just survive here, like animals.”
It is reported that Kyrgyz gangs began attacking people living in the Uzbek areas of Osh and Jalal-Aabad last week.
Kyrgyzstan’s interim leader Roza Otunbayeva visited Osh and vowed to do all she could to help the victims of the bloodshed. She believes the death toll could be as high as 2,000.
Otunbayeva claims overthrown president Kormanbek Bakiyev, who has strong support around Osh, is to blame for stoking the violence in order to derail a national referendum on constitutional reform set for June 27.