Kyrgyz/Uzbek Blood Vengeance

Destruction in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. (Photo from

In Kyrgyzstan the ouster of former President Kurmanbek Bakiev, and the political and social unrest resulting from the fallout of this event has re-ignited historic racial tensions between ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz. Very generally stated, (and according to Wikipedia) Uzbeks are a mixture of Iranian and Mongol peoples, while the Kyrgyz are a Turkic-Mongol mix. Their fore-bearers would have been united under the banner of Genghis Khan. They have been vying for power and standing with one-another since the cessation of Genghis’s empire.

In the most recent turn of events, President Bakiev, due to abuse of power, favoritism to his clan, and financial mis-dealings, lost his grip on power, and fled the country on April 20th. That left a power vacuum, and the local minority of Uzbeks came under attack. Roughly 100,000 Uzbek refugees have fled Kyrgyzstan, and

Uzbek Grandfather

Kyrgyz Story-teller

are living in camps on the Uzbekistan border. Conditions there are rough. At least two thousand Uzbeks have been killed in ethnic fighting in the city of Osh, which has been virtually wrecked by looting and arson.

Friends, let us intercede for the Kyrgyz and Uzbeck peoples, and ask Jesus to make peace between them. In place of blood-vengeance, let us call for forgiveness. In place of death, eternal life. Please bring this conflict before our God.

Kyrgyzstan. Uzbekistan is on the south-west border.