UN Rethinks Appeal for Kyrgyzstan

The United Nations has revised its appeal for aid efforts in Kyrgyzstan. The move followed a series of rapid needs assessments that prompted the U.N. humanitarian country team to reprogram its response.

The original appeal issued June 18 sought USD173 million to help 300,000 internally displaced people and more than 765,000 affected directly and indirectly by the violence in the southern regions of Osh and Jalal-Abad.

“The rapid and massive movement of some 75,000 civilians across the border to Uzbekistan, and the subsequent return of most of them within a mere two weeks, along with continuing displacement and serious protection concerns in Kyrgyzstan, has necessitated a re-programming and re-prioritization of response by the [humanitarian country team],” the U.N. said in a press release.

The revised appeal amounts to USD96.4 million, which will be used to fund reconciliation and peace-building activities, provide support for early livelihood recovery, restore the local economy, and boost local response capacity in Kyrgyzstan.

The U.N. so far has received USD28.9 million or just nearly 30 percent of the funding requirement. 

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