Death toll grows unchecked in Kyrgyzstan

Sign identifies this neighborhood as “Kyrgyz Zone”
Daylife/Reuters Pictures used by permission

Mobs of Kyrgyz men rampaged through southern Kyrgyzstan today, slaughtering ethnic Uzbeks and burning down houses in a third day of ethnic bloodshed.

The country’s interim government granted its security forces shoot-to-kill powers and promised to send a volunteer force to the region – but the violence continued to rage, taking the death toll since Thursday night to more than 100.

At least 1,100 have been wounded in what are the country’s worst ethnic clashes in 20 years.

More than 75,000 terrified ethnic Uzbeks, mostly women and children, flooded across the nearby border with Uzbekistan today. Many of the refugees had gunshot wounds, according to the Uzbek emergencies ministry…

Daylife/AP Photo used by permission

God help us … they are killing Uzbeks like animals. Almost the whole city is in flames,” Dilmurad Ishanov, an Uzbek human rights worker, told Reuters by telephone.

Much of the city was left in ruins after fires set by rioters swept through Uzbek areas, while the few remaining members of the city’s large Uzbek minority barricaded themselves in against Kyrgyz gangs…

“The sky above Osh is black. The army isn’t at all in control. We don’t know what to do,” one resident told Kyrgyzstan’s AKIpress news agency.

“The authorities in Bishkek simply don’t know what’s going on here. We’re not just talking about looting but total destruction. By the time troops arrive, there will be no one left to save…”

Ethnic hatred in so much of world remains one of the worst characteristics of ignorant people.

Blood feuds rooted in one crime or another decades and centuries ago are sufficient excuse to murder your neighbor. And there’s always a opportunist politician at hand to profit from murder.

2 thoughts on “Death toll grows unchecked in Kyrgyzstan

  1. hoboduke says:

    The empty headed power seekers in the US debate on controling immigration are inflaming ethnic animosity on purpose. These politicians inflaming hatred on purpose deserve a visit to Kyrgyzstan front lines. We can differ on immigration, but we can’t allow ethnic baiting by politicians as a tool for power.

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