Following ethnic clashes between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan, the security situation has deteriorated rapidly since the 11th of June, as ethnic tension and violence against civilians spread throughout the southern part of the country. The ethnic conflict has created pressing humanitarian concerns for over one million people, especially for an estimated 375,000 displaced people who have fled the conflict in Osh and Jalalabad. Of these, approximately 100,000 have sought refuge in neighboring Uzbekistan while many are still waiting to cross the border.
In Kyrgyzstan, the violence has also caused the destruction of infrastructure in Osh and Jalalabad cities and neighboring areas. Humanitarian access to beneficiaries at the outskirts of the affected cities remains a key concern. The Interim Government of Kyrgyzstan Republic has requested international support and the humanitarian community has called for the activation of the Emergency Telecommunications and Logistics Clusters.
In Uzbekistan, the Government, assisted by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, is providing relief assistance to those who have taken refuge in temporary camps and settlements in the vicinity of Andijan. WFP has been requested to provide logistics support in coordinating the receipt and handling of incoming relief cargo.
Through this special operation, WFP aims to facilitate the uninterrupted supply of life saving relief items to the affected population by:
- Facilitating efficient logistics coordination and information management in support of the humanitarian community under the Cluster approach
- Providing the humanitarian community with the sufficient and adequate common ICT equipment, infrastructure and services to facilitate implementation of relief operations.
- Supporting and augmenting the logistic capacity of the Government and of the humanitarian community to respond and operate in eastern Uzbekistan, as well as to support cross-border operations.
The duration of this special operation will be three months at a total cost of US$ 4,431,378.