US Maps out Planned Aid for Kyrgyzstan

Ethnic Uzbeks fleeing from Osh, Kyrgyzstan where clash between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks erupted. Photo by: AFP / UN Photo

The U.S. plans to spend up to USD32 million to support humanitarian relief, reconstruction and stabilization programs in Kyrgyzstan. The funds are expected to directly benefit families displaced by ongoing conflicts along the Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan border. The U.S. also aims to help address the roots of the conflict by supporting conflict mitigation and community development programs in the southern part of the country.

Some of the money has already been committed as emergency medical assistance and crisis response to several communities in southern Kyrgyzstan.

Assistance in the pipeline includes:

-      USD1.7 million for the purchase and delivery of additional medicines, medical supplies, shelters and sanitation items.

-      USD5 million contribution to appeals made by the International Committee of the Red Cross/Red Crescent and the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

-      USD1.5 million through the Department of State for projects promoting democracy, human rights protection and civil society engagement.

-      USD1 million for additional fertilizers, fuel and other agricultural equipment to help safeguard the country’s fall harvest.

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