Bishkek – The Ambassador of Japan to the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. Hideki Goda, has officially handed over food and non-food items to the Deputy Plenipotentiary Representative of the President to Batken Region, Mr. Isakov Janybek. The ceremony took place in Batken town, with the participation of representatives from the Ministry of Emergency Situation and Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Migration. The support from the Government of Japan is provided through the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in the Kyrgyz Republic.
WFP received USD 500,000 to respond to the needs of vulnerable population affected by clashes. With the contribution from Japan and in line with the approach agreed with the Kyrgyz Government, WFP has provided 496 tons of fortified wheat flour and vegetable oil to over 25,000 of displaced people, host families, and returnees who participated in community recovery works in the affected areas. These activities include rehabilitation of community assets and cleaning culvert, drain, and canals. The needs for the works were raised from the affected communities, in close collaboration with local authorities and relevant line ministries.
UNHCR received USD 500,000 to aide internally displaced people and returnees with protection, emergency shelter and winterization assistance. As part of the project, UNHCR, through the Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan, is supplying displaced people, returnees and host communities with essential core relief items, coal for heating, and emergency shelter to protect them from the cold winter until their homes are restored. The contribution from Japan is also enabling UNHCR, in cooperation with NGO Fergana Valley Lawyers without Borders, to help restoring property and civil documents, including birth certificates to ensure that displaced persons have legal proof of identity to access essential services, social benefits and humanitarian assistance.
“High-levels of displacement and returns, disruption of public services and break-down of support networks, coinciding with cold winter weather, threaten the safety, live, and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Women and children, people with disabilities, and the elderly have even greater protection needs. UNHCR is most grateful to the People of Japan for their generous contribution to protect and shelter people affected by this humanitarian emergency,” said Hans Friedrich Schodder, UNHCR Representative for Central Asia.
For more information please contact:
Yelena Sim, UNHCR, External Relations | Tel: +7 727 258 4598, Mobile ++7 701 993 67 43, Email: [email protected]
Almaz Tchoroev, WFP Bishkek, Communications | Tel: +996 312 660033, Mobile: +996 550 577 597, Email: [email protected]
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