AMDA Emergency Bulletin I: Civil Strife in Kyrgyzstan
In response to the ethnic unrest in Kyrgyzstan, on June 25th, AMDA Headquarters sent one coordinator to Bishkek, the capital. AMDA coordinator will be joined by one doctor from AMDA Kazakhstan in providing medical assistance to those who are displaced, regardless of their ethnicities.
According to the official announcement from Kyrgyzstan’s Health Ministry, the fatalities from the conflict has topped two hundred, however, the actual death toll is expected to be much higher. The number of refugees from this unrest, since the middle of June, is approximately 300,000 and among 100,000 of them are internally-displaced Uzbeks.
Osh and Jalal-Abad in the south, where the conflict broke out, are gradually regaining normalcy; the barricades set by the security forces have been removed after the consecutive five-day strife, and markets and public transportation have been reopening. On the other hand, a curfew was prolonged until June 25th in Osh Province as the overall condition in the region remained unstable.
Upon their arrival in Bishkek, at first AMDA team will visit the Health Ministry for information gathering. The team will then visit Uzbek refugee camp and conduct health check and QOL survey. After thorough study on the local needs, AMDA will decide its course of action and nature of medical services. Distribution of medical supplies and daily necessities is also among the options to be considered.