Estimated 75,000 people still displaced in Kyrgyzstan, UN says
More than 75,000 of the 300,000 people who were displaced in Kyrgyzstan in the wake of bloody riots five weeks ago are yet to return, the United Nations said Friday, dpa reported.
People are being advised to wait before they go home, given the uncertain security situation in the country, a UN spokesman said in New York. Further, many have lost their identity documents or were left homeless when their houses were destroyed, he added.
The United Nations said things were "calm" in the cities of Osh and Jalalabad.
"But there are scores of police check-points, and the two cities remain under night-time curfew," the UN added.
This makes life harder for undocumented refugees in particular, amid "frequent allegations of police harassment."
An estimated 2,000 people died in fighting between ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz in and around the southern city of Osh in June, after a popular uprising toppled authoritarian president Kurmanbek Bakiyev.