I am NOT indifferent to Kyrgyzstan, but must move on…

I’m deeply saddened that this will be my last blog entry about Kyrgyzstan’s plight after their April 7-8 revolution which toppled the Bakiyev government.  I am NOT indifferent!!! It feels like I’m turning my back on unfortunate victims of flood, hurricane, earthquake and volcano all rolled into one. What has happened in this beautiful, pristine spot in the world the world media seemed to ignore? Everyone’s focus is elsewhere, such as Haiti, China, Iceland and all other places on this planet that are recovering from a natural catastrophe.

Revolutions are NOT natural or considered an “act of God” so I MUST move on, it is so wretchedly political. What has happened in Bishkek, my former home in the early 1990s is very troubling to me.  Revolutions are not pretty and currently the people south of Kazakhstan are trying to pick up the pieces and according to their spiritual orientation now have time to reflect on what their future with a new government will be.  Hopeful or hate-filled?  May this NEVER happen in Kazakhstan!!!

The following is from one of my American friends who loves Kyrgyzstan and the Kyrgyz and Russian people.  He and others are helping to put things back together:

“Kyryz people shared from their hearts about their pain, but also of their pride in their country. Russians asked for forgiveness for looking down on them. We prayed that the walls between Russians and Kyrgyz would be broken down within our own church. One young man came who was a part of the protests down on the square. He realizes that his life was spared as he witnessed those around him falling to the ground.

About 30 of us went to different hospitals. Some people are still in comas, others will never walk again. People lined up to give blood for those wounded during the uprising. To date, 81 people have died and over 1000 have been wounded. We got to talk with those injured in the uprising and found out their immediate needs for food, water, and medicine. We then bought about $500 worth of items to help them for the next couple of days. People were so grateful that they were crying and hugging us. The doctors told us that aid from the Red Cross will not be distributed until later, so these people are in great need of antibiotics and care until the Red Cross is able to help. We want to be used in practical ways to the people of this country during this time of instability and unrest.”

If you want to help Kyrgyzstan but have no connections to people in Kyrgyzstan, please consider AprilRelief.com to donate funds.

Dear friends,

This message is addressed to all of you who are not indifferent to the recent events, which took place in Kyrgyzstan on April 6-7-8, 2010. We are turning to you with a request to join us in our efforts to help victims of these horrible events. As you know from the news, 84 people were killed and 567 people were wounded. Out of 567 wounded, 65 are still in intensive care and in desperate need for medicines and special treatment.

The events also had a lot of immediate social ramifications victimizing many of the most vulnerable members of the society: orphans, elderly, and handicapped who were left with little provision of food and drugs, and they are currently struggling.

We, the young people around the globe, took initiative to set up a fund to aid the victims of the revolution. We currently have several teams in four countries:

In EU and UK efforts are coordinated by Karachach Sadybakasova, Edil Ajibaev, Saina Otorbaeva and Zarina Osmonalieva.

USA efforts are coordinated by Aibek Hakimov.

Kyrgyzstan efforts are coordinated by Aselia Kasenova.

We promise to ensure transparency in all our actions. Here is how we will work:

FUNDRAISING: All teams will be working towards raising funds via local bank accounts. Funds will be then transferred to NGO “Students In Free Enterprise” in Kyrgyzstan, which has been functioning since 2003 and has set up a separate bank account at the international bank for this purpose.

AID: Distribution of funds will be carried out by the Kyrgyzstan team via NGO “Students In Free Enterprise”. All transactions will be documented and financially reported.

BENEFICIARIES: The list of beneficiaries will include the wounded, families of the killed, vulnerable members of our society directly or indirectly affected by the events on April 6-8, 2010. The team held negotiations with the local association of NGOs and will be cooperating with its members, which collect specific information about various groups of victims in order to ensure coordinated and effective approach in distributing aid.

REPORTING: The Kyrgyzstan team will report to donors, justifying each of its decisions on placement of funds. Reports will be published online on a monthly basis. Financial reports will be checked and audited by a group of independent professional auditors (who have volunteered to do the audit) before closing the fund. NB: Any donor has the right to request to view any supporting financial documents at any time.

We would like to ensure our donors in our sincere aspiration to help our country fellows. We will appreciate any help. Your participation will mean a universe to those who will receive your support.

TOGETHER WE SHALL STAND.

The April Relief Fund Team

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