Counterpart Delivers Disaster Packages to Victims of Kyrgyz Civil Violence
On June 10, brutal violence broke out in the Kyrgyzstan city of Osh. The violence then spread to Jalal-Abad and adjacent territories in the southern part of the country. As of June 17, the official death toll is 189, but it is feared that it could exceed 300. Tens of thousands of refugees have fled across the border to safety in Uzbekistan, and thousands are in need of immediate medical attention.
Over the course of the last week, the situation has deteriorated into Kyrgyzstan’s worst case of civil violence in two decades. With security still not fully restored, many people remain cut off from aid and are in desperate need of medical supplies and food items.
Earlier this week, responding to the thousands in need, Counterpart International released pre-positioned, disaster packages funded by the U.S. Department of State. Working with the U.S. Embassy and the Kyrgyz Ministries of Health and Emergency Situations, Counterpart has begun distributing disaster relief packages valued at more than $200,000 in Osh and Jalal-Abad, the main areas of conflict.
The shipments, including medical supplies, surgical instruments, folding litters, towels, bedding, clothing, footwear and ready-to-eat meals, will be sent to area hospitals where the need is greatest. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia under its Operation Provide Hope program, the disaster packages will be some of the first relief goods to reach the people affected by the violence.
Counterpart has been active in the Kyrgyz Republic since 1996. Today, after nearly 14 years of working in partnership with the Kyrgyz people to rebuild, develop and transform communities, more than 593 containers of humanitarian assistance—valued at approximately $85 million and containing food, shelter, medical supplies, clothing and other basic necessities—have been delivered. These distributions were made with the help of more than 863 governmental and non-governmental institutions in all seven Oblasts of Kyrgyz Republic.