Thursday, June 17, 2010

‘Absolute catastrophe’ in Kyrgyzstan: Nuncio

The Vatican ambassador to Kyrgyzstan has described the situation in the country as chaotic as ethnic violence pushed up the number of refugees and displaced people.

“In Osh, there is a situation of absolute humanitarian catastrophe: There are no lights, no gas, no water and no food in the markets,” Archbishop Miguel Maury Buendia, Vatican nuncio to Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, told Vatican Radio June 15, Catholic Review notes.

He said it was impossible to accurately count the injured because the Uzbeks are afraid to go the hospital. He reported dozens of deaths in Osh and said that as of June 13, 47 were dead in the border city of Jalal-Abad. Two Jesuits are responsible for the church in both cities.

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