Children hard hit by violence in Kyrgyzstan

UNICEF reported 90 percent of the refugees from fighting in Southern Kyrgyzstan were children, women and the elderly. A rapid assessment revealed that many children suffered physical and mental violence. More than 100,000 refugees are in Uzbekistan, most of whom are located in about 75 camps around the city of Andijan.

UNICEF has seven staff monitoring the situation of children who have fled the violence which started last Thursday. The agency will deploy as soon as possible counselors to assist with wide scale psychosocial interventions.

Today, seven UNICEF trucks carrying emergency supplies were on their way to eastern Uzbekistan to provide refugees with tents, clothes, blankets, health kits and kitchen sets. Valued at $100,000, the supplies are an initial response.

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