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Ethnic attacks in Kyrgyzstan

Beginning one week ago, thousands of young Kyrgyz men rampaged through parts of southern Kyrgyzstan with weapons and torches, attacking ethnic Uzbek neighborhoods, burning homes and stores, and, according to reports, beating, raping and killing Uzbek residents. The official death toll is over 200, though officials have indicated it may be ten times that number. The attacks lasted for several days, setting off a massive rush to flee the violence - an estimated 400,000 Uzbeks fled the region in the last week, heading to larger cities or the Uzbekistan border. It remains unclear exactly what instigated the attacks, or who exactly was the organizing force behind them. Kyrgyzstan's interim government suggested loyalists of recently-deposed former president Bakiyev were behind the attacks. Though the recent violence seems to have ebbed, instability remains in Kyrgyzstan, with Uzbeks barricading their neighborhoods and taking their defense into their own hands. (40 photos total)

Kurgunbai Inambayev, an Uzbek, is seen in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh, on June 15, 2010. Inambayev said the bruises on his face were inflicted by Kyrgyz attackers during days of ethnic rioting in Kyrgyzstan. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
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113 comments so far...

sorry Brian from CFL.... ur not first.. but this is horrible!!!

Posted by Cam Bam June 18, 10 12:56 PM


Posted by etienne June 18, 10 12:58 PM

sad... sad... sad...

Posted by vítor moreira June 18, 10 01:00 PM

Poor children. Stupid adults! >_

Posted by baritoni June 18, 10 01:02 PM

Islam related ??

Posted by Jeff June 18, 10 01:05 PM

Cold war... again...
I'am very sad!

Posted by DeGaulle June 18, 10 01:06 PM

This is terrible..... People fight among themselves...

Posted by Shashikiran Srinivasa June 18, 10 01:13 PM

I will never understand how people can harm other people based on their ethnicity. It breaks my heart.

Posted by Olivia June 18, 10 01:14 PM

UN have to send troops as fast as possible. F*ck the financial crisis this is much more important!

Posted by Felix Nagel June 18, 10 01:24 PM

What really is behind all this? Gas, oil, minerals?

Posted by Paolo June 18, 10 01:26 PM

My heart goes out to all.

Posted by Andy June 18, 10 01:31 PM

No Jeff, it's not Islam related...
Just one more time ethnically related. Like it was the case in Rwanda (Africa) a few years ago. Religion is not source of every single conflict over the world.

DeGaulle, no, it's not cold war again, its just a consequence of country made from different ethnics, it works as long as you got a strong political power and money (or at least food) for everyone. if something goes wrong at some point, each of the ethnics try to get independent, sure that they can be better than the other by itself.
It was also the case in former Yugoslavia, the religion thing there was just one more difference between the ethnics, but not the background of the fight.

Posted by Stax June 18, 10 01:40 PM

2nd picture: "миру - мир" = "peace to the world" ...

Posted by viewer June 18, 10 01:41 PM

isnt the whole point of wearing camo to blend in with your surroundings? What is the point of bright blue camo? are they parchutists?

Posted by carigis June 18, 10 01:47 PM

What a crazy world we live in........ So terribly sad.

Posted by Aisling June 18, 10 02:09 PM

en que problema estamos los humanos.

Posted by Anonymous June 18, 10 02:12 PM

Such bursts of violence would probably never have happened if Stalin didn'd mess with USSR's borders without caring of the people living there, to begin with... This is terrible.

Posted by Alienor June 18, 10 02:20 PM

Us, and them
And after all were only ordinary men.
Me, and you.
God only knows it's not what we would choose to do.

Forward he cried from the rear
And the front rank died.
And the general sat and the lines on the map
Moved from side to side.

Black and blue
And who knows which is which and who is who.
Up and down.
But in the end it's only round and round
And round.

Haven't you heard it's a battle of words
The poster bearer cried.
Listen son, said the man with the gun
There's room for you inside.

Down and out
It can't be helped but there's a lot of it about.
With, without.
And who'll deny it's what the fightings all about?

Out of the way, it's a busy day
I've got things on my mind.
For the want of the price of tea and a slice
The old man died.

- Roger Waters.

Posted by shackleford June 18, 10 02:33 PM

Such completely unnecessary violence! This will naturally cause revenge down the road which will cause retaliation and so on. Forgiveness with reconcilliation is the only road that will put an end to this evil cycle.
It breaks my heart to see the pain of the victims. Prayers for the peace of your people from Canada.

Posted by SolaVeritas June 18, 10 03:18 PM

It is terrible. I saw some of below videos, some CNN footage, of this massacre. I have never seen such scene before in our civilized world. Kyrgyzs raped, killed and burned innocent minority of Uzbeks. No officially around 5000 people were died. God save.

Posted by Alexander June 18, 10 04:10 PM

Why the hell humans suck so much ?
The picture with the mom and her children made me cry ;-(

Very hard to watch, but still I believe it also helps being aware of the real ugly and violent face of war; and not only to the sweetened pictures broadcast by the main media

Posted by Thomas June 18, 10 04:42 PM

Kirgiz or Uzbek its all the same ethnicity... Asian Muslims. People,lets live in PEACE!

Posted by gdsgsdgsgs June 18, 10 05:01 PM

The sign on #2 (lower right) says "PEACE TO THE WORLD!" :(

Posted by Hynek June 18, 10 05:11 PM

"Peace to the world" is written in Russian language on the Soviet era billboard with two dove on the picture # 2.

Posted by Anonymous June 18, 10 05:20 PM

What is wrong with human beings? I'll never understand it. This is so sad.

Posted by reader June 18, 10 05:34 PM

Alienor, comment #17. Same with so much conflict in the world, which is the result of colonial powers dividing places up into new countries, whose borders do not bear any resemblance to old tribal / ethnic divides. I think that was one of the triggers for the genocide in Rwanda - Belgian colonial history, doing the "divide and rule" game, treating Hutus and Tutsi tribal people differently. Just look at all those long straight lined borders in Africa - not exactly natural borders. Hundreds of years later, people are still paying the price for imperial "adventures" abroad.

Posted by Arthur June 18, 10 05:47 PM

This is hard to look at. These people are scared and broken. Is this what happens when a government and its people are so impoverished that they turn on one another? So scary.

Posted by N. Fisher June 18, 10 05:58 PM

Why are you distracting us from the oil spill? Based on the comments that were posted on those posts, that is much MUCH more important.

In Amurrica, it's the oil soaked birds, not the trampled children, that are going to get attention.

Posted by Jared Webb June 18, 10 06:04 PM


Posted by DJSHOW June 18, 10 06:12 PM

I don't think it's the "real ugly and violent face of war"
but the really dark human heart - the problem is US - you and me.
The "real ugly and violent face of war" is only a symptom of the deeper problem. It's our corrupted sinful heart - that's what's "wrong with human beings", that's "why the hell humans suck so much". Not circumstances, or politicians or money - its US.
And there is only One solution

"Are you so dull?" he asked. "Don't you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him 'unclean'? For it doesn't go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body."
He went on: "What comes out of a man is what makes him 'unclean.' For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.' "

Posted by SD June 18, 10 06:50 PM

@ Jared:

what exactly are trying to say?

Posted by Nat June 18, 10 07:34 PM

photo journalism is definately the way foward for the internet. it's the only way to present such important issues on an apathetic medium.

Posted by ben shelock June 18, 10 08:53 PM

Sobering pictures. The Economist has, as usual, posted an good article on the background of this conflict.

Posted by Mosez June 18, 10 09:33 PM

so sad

Posted by yan qiang June 18, 10 11:39 PM

I heard a lecture by an intelligence expert years ago, what he stated seems true, when an average families yearly income drops below $7,000 US dollars (adjusted) it destabilizes a society, in desperation they lash-out at any and everything,
Kyrgyzstan has a GDP per capita of $2,100 dollars (China is $6,600) making it one of the poorest countries in that region,
ADD to this a world wide recession and you have an explosive mixture

Posted by uzijohn June 18, 10 11:42 PM

Unofficial reports have the conflict being instigated by the ousted president, who is in 'voluntary exile' in a third country. He was being supported by Moscow, although they likely didn't expect this much violence.

The country was supposed to be moving toward a new FREE election, but the violence has put that prospect on hold. It appears to be along the same lines as the breakup of Yugoslavia, where Serbia tried to control its (former) provinces to the point of ethnic cleansing to rid them of 'troublemakers'...

Posted by Mark W June 19, 10 12:05 AM

Three months ago they killed all the Russians (perhaps some Westerners too), but nobody made sentimental photos. How biased all the media is, i just don't watch news anymore, it's just propaganda with a biased agenda.

Posted by Andres Diaz June 19, 10 12:23 AM

So so sad....why do humans have to hurt each other?
"If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow." ~Chinese proverb~

Posted by DD Ziyad June 19, 10 01:23 AM

So far, 2010 has been a full of calamity, distress and devastating affliction.

I hope that the Uzbeks and Kyrgyzs will work to create peace quickly.

Posted by Dave D June 19, 10 02:24 AM

americans want to maintain bases in kyrgiztan for afghan war. russians want to maintain local influence in the regoin. they play with the ethnic divide in the country to pressurize the government to fulfil their demands!

Posted by Anonymous June 19, 10 05:17 AM

Question for Central Asia professionals: What is the exact cause of this violence? Is this some sort of Yugoslavia-style ethnic cleansing? I'd really like to know what caused this mayhem.

Posted by san martin June 19, 10 05:44 AM

The horror.

Posted by mileslarboy June 19, 10 07:13 AM

the more ''multiculturally enriched'' the place is the more unstable and often violent it is. weve seen in europe it too. weve seen it all around world. if the immigration from third world in europe continues it will only worsen and civil wars will rise just like we see here.

Posted by one June 19, 10 08:07 AM

真的很心碎,特别是孩子和37 picture

Posted by phoenix June 19, 10 11:19 AM

enquanto houver fronteira não haverá civilização,reina a barbárie

Posted by b June 19, 10 12:25 PM

hey Bere whats going on???

Posted by hiphop June 19, 10 12:56 PM

Picture 12 just breaks your heart. So sad that children are always caught in the middle of conflicts they can't understand. Though, I can't even understand why this is happening over there either.

Posted by Robert June 19, 10 02:20 PM

"Identity" is the bane of human beings. As long this delusion of the "Self" concept persists people will attach themselves to an identity and in the process divide one group from the "others", Self-interest and self-righteousness make it easy to hate and harm the other group. Such ignorance and delusion lead to "you are either with us or you are against us" mentality. Sadly, there will be more violence and atrocity. History will always repeat itself because of this dark side of human nature. Let's hope more human beings make an effort to cultivate compassion and kindness.

Posted by Madhyamika June 19, 10 03:16 PM

This might seem very distant from our western democraties, but fear and misunderstanding of foreign people will lead us to the same result. I leave in france where our minister Brice Hortefeux can commits racists jokes without even getting fired, this is just one of the many examples that reminds us that we have to be really careful about respect.

Posted by Z. June 19, 10 06:45 PM

@one, true that, such a terrible situation

Posted by emilio June 19, 10 07:25 PM

Asian Muslim is not an ethnicity. There are Kyrgyz people from a nomadic background, very related to the Mongols and Kazakhs of central asia; and Uzbeks who are from farming background more related to middle easterns.

Posted by Tuguldur June 20, 10 12:41 AM

It's just that few fanatic idiots want to kill each other. Most of the people just want to get out of there. I'd do the same. Each of us has been give only one life and most of the conflicts are just artificial fights for someone else's interests.

Posted by mic June 20, 10 01:47 AM

Much can be learned from #48's statement...

Posted by Yebo June 20, 10 02:03 AM

Where is UN ? Where is all "humanists" ?

Posted by somebody June 20, 10 05:46 AM

Hi! I have been reading/viewing your blog for a long time... Thank you for your work! I really enjoy this form of information. Often I find it much more intense and true an experience than the daily news.

However I always whished it was possible to view the pictures (with the aditional information) as a slideshow (possibly with AJAX or something alike). I would find it even more appealing and intense simply with a black surrounding and a fade animation.

Anyways, thanks again for your exellent blog!
Bye, Johannes.

Posted by Johannes June 20, 10 06:28 AM


We are supposed to be civilised, the superior species on our planet.
Race, creed or colour aside, do we deserve to feel like the peak of evolution?
These & other pictures like them say WE DO NOT!

Posted by j a everest June 20, 10 08:48 AM

i mean...what separates usbekes from quirquizistans? Nothing at all, it's like spanish and portuguese...This things must have an outside hand manipulating the blind crowd...sad, very sad

Posted by Anonymous June 20, 10 10:56 AM

I give up....mankind is worthless...i mean,I want to know what separates Usbekes from Kyrkiges ? Almo0st nothing....It`s like Portuguese and Spanish...this thing has an extra hand manipulating the whole thing....sad...this world is coming to an end very soon.

Posted by I give up....mankind is worthless...i mean, got to know what separates Usbekes from Kyrkiges ? Almo0 June 20, 10 11:04 AM

war war stop

Posted by Anonymous June 20, 10 11:10 AM

This is all too similar to China's Xinjiang province conflict. A closer look at the two conflicts warrants a closer look as to what the culprit is or who caused it. Case in point when the shiite and sunni' were killing each other in Pakistan, they caught two Brits wearing the same clothes as traditional muslims were wearing who happened to be the one responsible. They were to be tried, but they were soon rescued by the british forces. CIA does indeed have the capability of causing uprisings too--research Iran 1950's.

Posted by Udontneedtoknow June 20, 10 11:16 AM

Where is Turkey's Erdogan? He was hollering his head off over 9 dead Hamas thugs, but nobody can hear him saying anything about this. And these people are Turkic people, too. Sad and pathetic. It's only when infidels are killing Muslims that Muslims seem to give a damn, otherwise they couldn't care less.

Posted by sanman June 20, 10 03:21 PM

it's really sad ...........poor children are the first victims !

Posted by mofida June 20, 10 04:20 PM

For those following the Kyrgyz crisis, Frequency has been cultivating a pretty comprehensive video stream of news coverage. It can be found here:

Posted by Russ June 20, 10 04:30 PM

Of course it's not all doom and gloom. Some neighbourhoods worked together to stop the violence in their areas. Those people I have some serious respect for.

But I guess people working together in the midst of violence don't make for interesting photos...

Posted by Anonymous June 20, 10 04:51 PM

Imagine all the people, living life in peace...
-John Lennon

Posted by J June 20, 10 05:22 PM

These people all look the same. Not that it would make anymore sense if they looked completely different, but I have to wonder what the big differences are between these two groups that makes them fight.

Posted by Tom June 20, 10 06:00 PM

How can this be?
This is 2010, arent we supposed to be civilized?
Who did this? why?


I thought the Jews said NEVER FORGET, AND

Posted by Puzzled June 20, 10 07:43 PM


Most people here in America haven't the slightest idea about this "little to do" over in Kyrgyzstan. I'd also bet most people here in America haven't the slightest idea where to find Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and the rest on a map.

I've also been 'covering' this madness for another website (more like just popping up links to news stories and the like and offering up some commentary - opinion stuff) and just found this page........

THANK YOU Mr. Taylor and for posting the photos......... and also to 'Russ' for the frequency dot com link just above.

I'm gonna run up a link to here toot's sweet.

Some of the stuff going on with Kyrgy, Uzbek, Russia, China, etc., is mindboggling and dangerous to possibly a genocidal level.

This is partially about China getting natural gas from Uzbekistan - the shortest way is through Kyrgy's Osh area as it's the narrowest point of land. The rest of the blow-up, I still can't narrow down, but something doesn't smell right whatsoever............

Heck with it...... Other people have linked to sites on here, I may as well too......... If you hate the site where I post (RedState), so be it.... if you like it, so be it......

By the way, I know that "The 'Stan's" are mostly 'peace-loving' countries...... It looks like almost none of what's going on is ROP related........ yet. At least not at the terroristic hell level happening just to the south and west of there.

It all seems like a huge power grab and balance shift in the region, with China and Russia possibly the only winners and the citizens losing beyond imagination.

Kenny Solomon
South Flori-duh.
Typical bitter Jewish God-clinging gun owner and barking-mad-insane NASCAR fan.

Posted by Kenny Solomon June 20, 10 10:39 PM

Magnificent pictures, as always!

Posted by Denis B. June 20, 10 10:40 PM


There was heavy immigration from one country into another.

The citizens of the host country got the short end of the deal.

The immigrants prospered at the expense of established citizens.

A final straw broke the camel's back.

What can we learn from this?

Posted by Parker June 21, 10 01:47 AM
71. sad.......
Pict No 12 just break my heart.... :(

Posted by Edy Y. June 21, 10 03:23 AM

Human being is one group of all the other animals. We are not still enough perfect in our comman sense to be able to come to terms in all aspects and for all the time. such violence is possible to happen in all societies by deferent reasons. In any kind of misunderstanding once if we can not control our selves, then we are going worse and worse. Hetlar, The Cold War sides, Isreal, Taleban and many other conflicts are the illustrations of our comman sense shortage.

Posted by Hamidullah Hamid June 21, 10 04:25 AM

where is silly mentality there are always attacks, discriminations and discomfort. Silly protestants or religion fanatics are the worst... Normal civils are in disadvantage. Just only one bomb... and peace become...

Posted by eMKejx June 21, 10 06:11 AM


Blue camo is worn by the internal military forces. They don't really need to blend with nature, since they are more like peacemakers, just like UN soldiers have light blue helmets (that wouldn't make any sense neither)

Posted by uzi June 21, 10 06:59 AM

To #17: this is not about a metropoly drawing the borders wrong. It is about the "young democracies" becoming failed states.

Most of the local people with some education or entrepreneurship skill do work in Russia (even lowest salaries here are better than the opportunities in Kyrgyzstan), those who are left there are quick to blame je... , sorry, Uzbek, Russians, Americans, Martians, whoever but themselves for their economy or government.

These 'nice' people made most of the Russians and Ukrainians flee in early 90-s, when nobody was capable to protect them from expulsion. 20 years later they are asking Russia to interfere and I am happy pres. Medvedev declined to. I don't want our troops to die there, don't want to hear speculations about "yet another Russian occupation of neighboring young democracy". It is their mess, let them fix it. Our government should send some humanitarian aid and help the remaining few Russian citizens to move from there, period.

Posted by Sanja June 21, 10 07:01 AM

wow! i wish these photos were as unreal as they seem.

Posted by Abel June 21, 10 07:41 AM

Never again?

Posted by Luke June 21, 10 09:05 AM

When will we ever learn?

Posted by Lud June 21, 10 09:55 AM

Kyrgyzs are barbar drunk beggars...

Posted by Murat June 21, 10 10:06 AM

#32 gives me hope -- Uzbeks and Kyrgyz patrolling together. Only that sort of thing has any hope of restoring peace to the area, I believe. Only when the saner heads prevail and realize that the similarities outweigh the differences, and that some things are important. What a sad situation. As an American, I tend to think (foolishly) that ethnicity is not important, but that is because like most Americans, my ancestors have been here for less than 300 years, and for the most part, less than 150. (The last of the immigrants in my family recently passed away, in fact, so we have not been here long.) It is difficult to understand the depth of sentiment when a family has lived in the same place for a thousand years. So we Americans are puzzled by people fighting over ethnicity in this way, because to us, Kyrgyz and Uzbek are nearly the same; what difference does it make? Well, to some, quite a lot, evidently. Would there be peace if the borders had been drawn to divide the ethnicities better? (Stalin's borders were pretty much arbitrary.) Or would it simply entrench the problem of "us versus them" for another century or so?

Posted by Calli Arcale June 21, 10 10:51 AM

It just goes to show, people will always find group differences to create strife over. I couldn't even tell the difference in the photos between Kyrgyz and Uzbek. But then I'm American; here our main strife is based on race.

Posted by Adrienne June 21, 10 11:49 AM
82. matter what name we call him by .... is watching us...and probably cannot understand why we do such heart breaking things to each other...unspeakable...there are so many of these holocausts on this planet...the perfect example of mans inhumanity to man...shameful

Posted by Kitty June 21, 10 02:19 PM

Read comment #30 again. This time think about what it is saying.....It is a convicting light that is uncovering the darkness of a human heart that has not been changed to a heart of love and compassion, and without that, you will see this again and again in many forms....Open your eyes to the truth of the matter, the root of this bitterness is hate....Love one another, He said, as I have loved you....Peace.

Posted by Barbara Hollick June 21, 10 05:05 PM

We behave like shameless monsters toward one another. How dare we even begin to think we are a civilized people!

Posted by Bruce Geiger June 21, 10 07:06 PM

We need to await the King Messiah, that he hurries and comes urgently. In the meantime we should pray, have sincere faith in Hashem and be full of compassion towards one another. Mashiach is the one who will bring peace to the entire world!!!

Posted by David Ashkenazi June 22, 10 03:03 AM

How come all these pictures are shot from the Uzbek point of view ?
Other pictures are available but I can't see any in this american report.
Wish you spoke about the US special forces base in Batken, 100 miles from Osh.
Wish you spoke about how the Uzbek army arrested some of the Uzbek refugees while entering the motherland, as many had left Uzbekistan after the Andijan massacre.
Wish you said Maxim Bakiyev, probably one of the mastermind of this hell, was in Washington DC the day his daddy was thrown out, and that he is now seeking political asylum in England.
I could go on for hours about this. But who cares ?

Posted by Lenin June 22, 10 08:52 AM

As in every picture tells a story, this is one story I wish was never written. I pray peace may come to these people.

Posted by Darmah Bum June 22, 10 10:03 AM

I've lived in Osh, Kyrgyzstan for three years. And during those three years, I have known many people there. It is so very hard to see what is happening to a place I once called home. I pray knowledge overwhelms the people who are doing this violence, that they wake up and realize what they have done. And stop.

Posted by Aliyah Hopkins June 22, 10 01:13 PM

I've lived in Osh, Kyrgyzstan for three years. And during those three years, I have known many people there. It is so very hard to see what is happening to a place I once called home. I pray knowledge overwhelms the people who are doing this violence, that they wake up and realize what they have done. And stop.

Posted by Aliyah Hopkins June 22, 10 01:15 PM

The war started on the 11of June in the center of Osh, city in Southern Kyrgyzstan) as hundreds of Uzbek men gathered at the student dorm, surrounding the building and raping tens of Kurgyz student girls, and burning philharmonic building, and other buildings in the city at night. Uzbeks are minority in Kyrgyzstan, but majority lives in the southern part, which is city of Osh. Uzbeks are tricky people, they have always been such people. Kyrgyz men stood up for protection of their families and clash begun. Kyrgyz people have been killed by the other minority who made Osh their homes after their president Islam Krimov did mass killing in Andijon area, Uzbekistan. Uzbeks should calm themselves down or go to their Uzbekiston!

Posted by Nurjamal (Kyrgyz girl, witness) resident of Osh June 22, 10 02:59 PM

Why so many removed??

Posted by Bruce June 22, 10 09:53 PM


Posted by Joey June 23, 10 12:59 AM

One thing I'm sure about is that this conflict is not between two nations living in Kyrgyzstan. Certainly some criminal groups or other third groups initiated this conflict. Men living centures there can not become enemies in one day. Poor Uzbek and Kyrgyz people! Wish them peace!

Posted by Alice June 23, 10 03:28 AM

I would like to know too.

Why so many removed?

Posted by Pete June 23, 10 06:27 AM

# 36 makes me fun.
Robert Blake perform a Good White God in front of poor Uzbek people.
It may seem that he really understands what's going on there...

Posted by Peter June 23, 10 06:58 AM

I am just wondering. Why everywhere uzbeks photos? Why photographs dont show died jyrgyz people? You are showing war from one side. It is not right.

Posted by janna June 23, 10 07:03 AM

民族冲突最无谓了, 大家都是人, 好好过日子不行吗?

Posted by Agent June 23, 10 08:48 AM

And we think we have problems!!!!

Posted by James Hartman June 23, 10 11:03 AM


Posted by MARIAN FOLINSBEE June 23, 10 01:31 PM

เฮ้ย คอมเมนท์หายไปไหนวุ๊ย

Posted by แอ June 23, 10 10:45 PM

People, this is not a conflict of ethnicity against ethnicity. This is a politically motivated stirring up of tensions between two cultures, one historically agricultural (Uzbek) and the other historically nomadic (Kyrgyz). The main story here is that this violence was instigated by the recently deposed Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, his son, and the rest of his cronies as a means to destabilize the new Kyrgyz government. This is not, repeat NOT a Kyrgyzstan versus Uzbekistan issue. The Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan have absolutely no desire leave the country and go to Uzbekistan - a virtual totalitarian state in which they would have no rights whatsoever. The Uzbeks in Osh are a legitimate part of Kyrgyzstan just as the Russians in Bishkek are.

Posted by Matt June 24, 10 02:10 AM

Both of these Groups are Turkic.... These are the real Turks and not the ones in Turkey..

Posted by Apolo June 24, 10 05:35 AM

oh gosh. not again.
I feel lucky to live in a country where this type of thing happened 70 years ago not 7 days ago.

Posted by cegg June 30, 10 12:42 PM

pictures 6, 9, 10, ans 11 were removed, why?

Posted by Misora June 30, 10 01:21 PM

all problems created by politicians for their vested we have to start 'war' against 'terror politicians'.

Posted by roshan July 2, 10 07:15 AM

I was born in the north of the country, and frankly I've given up on that place. Just look at some of the Peace Corps volunteers' blogs to get a taste of what was happening there during the Bakiev's rule, until the mentality of people changes this crap will keep happening.

Posted by Russian born Kyrgyz in UK July 3, 10 08:07 AM

me rompe el corazon ver esto la verdad... y pensar que yo estaba triste porque perdimos en el mundial:S y en el mundo pasando estas cosas tan terribles!

Posted by niko July 3, 10 02:01 PM

the un wont do any thing, Kyrgyzstan has no oil, stategic, economic or any other value to USA or other western nations. as with rwanda UN offers no help

Posted by being July 6, 10 03:43 PM

OH when will the riots stop if central Asia has not already suffered enough from droughts, wars and riots, it makes the oil spill look like a power shortage.

Posted by liuwei July 11, 10 09:37 AM

Uzbeks went on raping and killing rampages on June 10th, provoking local unarmed Kyrgyz to seek revenge - it was all rchestrated by local Uzbek separatists. It's sad to read lies about "Kyrgyz massacre". There are plenty of facts and evidence from people on both sides that it was started by Uzbeks.

Posted by Alina July 24, 10 03:39 PM

Hello everybody, my name is Rustam I am from Kyrgyzstan, from Osh city where all these events happened, I am a student in Osh city but now I am in the USA came here by student program in summer before all these begin like a week ago, I am Uzbek and I want to say that the Kyrgyz people really did bad. And I don't want to leave back to Kyrgyzstan, I fear for my life, and for life my mother and younger brother which are there I gave all my documents to the lawyer to get political asylum, and I worrying that I will get the political asylum. How do you think? Will I get in this situation?

Posted by Rustam Ashirbaev December 14, 10 08:21 PM

Рустам, не надо просить и пресмыкаться! Вас - узбеков в ЦА больше 20 млн. Один бросок узбекского десанта при поддержке авиации и техники решит ваши страхи навсегда. Только пожалуйста не убивайте детей, женщин и стариков. Не они убивали в 12 фотографии. Остальное подлежат тотальной аннигиляции.

Posted by еуые_гыук March 15, 11 12:33 PM
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