On Friday, Kyrgyzstan’s interim president, Roza Otunbayeva, flew to the site of this month’s ethnic violence — and raised the estimate of the dead to 2,000.
Some 400,000 ethnic Uzbeks have become refugees, with 100,000 safely across the border in Uzbekistan and 300,000 trapped in Kyrgyzstan. Their homes have been burned, their relatives beaten, raped or slaughtered.
The Kyrgyz military and police stood by and let it happen — or pitched in. The interim government couldn’t control them, once the ethnic cleansing began. (more…)