60,000 people of Kyrgyzstan remain displaced one year after violence

displaced woman from Kyrgyzstan

displaced woman from Kyrgyzstan

Tens of thousands of people remain displaced in southern Kyrgyzstan a year after inter-ethnic clashes that killed 400 people according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).

Fighting between ethnic Kyrgyzs and Uzbeks that broke out in June last year forced 75,000 people to flee to neighbouring Uzbekistan while thousands of others remained displaced within the country.

UNHCR spokesperson, Sybella Wilkes says that most of those uprooted have gone back to their places of origin but 60,000 others are still scattered across Kyrgyzstan and abroad.

"Tens of thousands of people are still displaced in southern Kyrgyzstan a year after deadly clashes there. UNHCR believes that confidence-building efforts need strengthening to ensure sustainable returns and genuine reconciliation. More than 400 people were killed and 375,000 others were forced to flee their homes when communal violence hit southern Kyrgyzstan last year."

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