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Cynical arithmetic of death financing2010-06-21 13:38
It looks like the new Kyrgyz government overvalues the death toll of massive disorders in the country, doesn't it? This was the question my Georgian colleagues asked after yesterday's statement made by Rosa Otunbaeva adding that the government was making money on dead souls using Kremlin arithmetic referring to overstated number of deaths in Tskhinval. Stop! Shouldn't we remember who really made money on the South Ossetian war to bail out Georgian economy?
There is burying of the dead and exchange of Uzbek and Kyrgyz hostages underway in the south of Kyrgyzia. The army persists in failing to impose order. Sharpshooting and outrage of militants continue. As the new government asserts, attacks of armed criminal groups on Uzbek population were provoked by supporters of Kurmanbek Bakiev overthrown as a result of a coup.
According to the World Health Organization nearly 300,000 persons have fled Kyrgyzia to Uzbekistan over the recent months and other 700,000 have been affected by disorders according to the figures Giuseppe Annunziata, WHO emergency coordinator presented today.
Monitors highlight that if the WHO's estimation is close to truth the events in Kyrgyzia are the biggest humanitarian catastrophe in the region since the end of the civil war in Tajikistan in mid 90s.
Yesterday Rosa Otunbaeva, head of Kyrgyz interim government, presented official data on victims of one week's anarchy in the south of the country: 191 persons are dead, over 2,000 persons sought medical help and 957 persons were hospitalized.
Otunbaeva emphasized that the figures can be tenfold higher. "There were lots of deaths in rural areas, and by our tradition we bury immediately, before sunset", - she explained to Kommersant newspaper.
Georgian propagandists sneer at this remark: Otunbaeva exaggerates the tragedy to get more aid from international organizations. According to the far-sighted commentators from Tbilisi this smells of Kremlin arithmetic. During the war in Tskhinval South Ossetian authorities reported on 1,500 and even 2,000 deaths because of confusion over refugees and missing persons.