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UK: Muslim Aid launches rmergency appeal for Kyrgyzstan refugee crisis

21-06-2010

London, (Muslim Aid):

Muslim Aid has made an initial allocation of £20,000 after launching an emergency appeal for £100,000 to support the growing humanitarian crisis in Kyrgyzstan. An estimated 200 people have been killed following violent ethnic clashes that began on 10th June in the southern cities of Osh and Jalalabad. However Roza Otunbaeva, Kyrgyzstanís Acting Head of Provisional Government, has warned the death toll could currently be as high as 2,000.

A reported 400,000 people have been displaced, with around 100,000 now seeking temporary shelter and security in Uzbekistan. Some 48 refugee camps have been established near the border with Uzbekistan to provide emergency shelter to people affected by the escalating humanitarian crisis, who are seeking refuge in schools and public buildings. The United Nations and the World Health Organisation have said up to 1 million people may need aid as a result of fleeing for safety.

Muslim Aidís partners are already assessing the situation on the ground. Hamid Azad, Assistant CEO of Muslim Aid said: 'The people of Kyrgyzstan need assistance - water, sanitation, medicine, clothing and food. Thousands of people have fled their homes. An urgent and fast response is needed from NGOs and the international community to avert human tragedy.í

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