Homes Built Quickly After Violence in Kyrgyzstan

Massive ethnic violence engulfed towns in the south of Kyrgyzstan—a country between Russia and Afghanistan—during June 2010. Mobs threw burning bottles of gasoline at homes, shot at residents, and destroyed or looted property. Hundreds of thousands of people fled to refugee camps or to their relatives living in safer areas. Later, many found only charred walls and ash when they returned home.

Catholic Relief Services immediately began planning new homes. These small houses—often two rooms—were designed to be transitional shelters that would help families get through Central Asia’s cold winter. CRS also aided families whose homes were hit by natural disasters like flooding.

With funding from Caritas and the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, the program has given thousands of people a place to lay their heads at night.

Click through this photo gallery to see CRS at work.

Laura Sheahen is CRS regional information officer for Asia. She is based in Cambodia.

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