Sunday, June 13, 2010

More Unrest in Kyrgyzstan

Poor, poor Kyrgyzstan. They are experiencing such unrest throughout the country. Currently, from my understanding of the news reports, fighting has broken out in the southern part of the country in the Osh area and neighboring Jalabad. It seems that this is ethnic fighting between the Kyrgyz people and the Uzbek people. There are news reports (along with video) here and here. The headline of these articles are very disturbing, "Shoot to Kill in Kyrgyz South ...". "Mobs burn villages, slaughter Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan."

Osh is Kyrgyzstan's second largest city. Fires have reportedly destroyed a large part of the city. Looters have stolen much of the food.

According the the Associated Press article (second link above), "The official casualty toll Sunday rose to at least 80 people dead and 1,066 wounded and 600 hospitalized."

While searching for articles on this conflict, I came across a very interesting (albeit long) video on the current interim President Roza Otunbayeva. For those who are interested in the history of her coming to power in Kyrgyzstan, it's a fascinating piece.

I continue to pray for this country and its people -- my daughter's country and her people.

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