July 2005: UNICEF Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic meets with Uzbek refugees and victims of mudslides in the south of Kyrgyzstan
On 6-7 July 2005 Richard Young, UNICEF Representative, visits Uzbek refugees fled from Andijan in May this year and meets with people suffered from the mudslides occurred in the south of the republic last month.
In the refugee camp, he stressed that along side with basic needs – shelter, food and medical services provided by the Kyrgyz Government and international community, it was important to provide special care for children. A psychologist, a caregiver and young volunteers supported by UNICEF come regularly to the camp to help children overcome their psychological trauma and assist adults in organizing recreation activities for children. Child protection is one of the four main areas of UNICEF’s assistance together with water and sanitation, health for women and children and nutrition for children.
In the areas of mudslides impact, Mr. Young pointed out that needs of local population and especially those strangled by natural emergencies required more attention of humanitarian organizations. In Osh and Jalalabat Oblasts there are about 200 families who lost their houses during the mudslides on 11 of June 2005. They have to live either with their relatives or in tents. With the help of the UN Liaison Office in Osh, in 5 and 6 July 2005, 84 families received mattresses, blankets, food parcels, hygiene sets & kitchen sets on total of more than 600,000 soms provided by the UN Agencies in Kyrgyzstan. However, basic needs remain a big concern. Mr. Young discussed future cooperation with the Jalalabat Governor and reconfirmed UNICEF’s commitment to continue working with other UN Agencies in providing assistance in emergencies.