Christianity Today on the troubled Christians in Kyrgyzstan

A few days ago I was receiving a phone call from an editor of Christianity Today, asking for Christian contacts in Kyrgyzstan.

Yesterday the American Evangelical journal published a short article on the situation of Christians in Kyrgyzstan after the recent ethnic trouble in Osh, west of the country. The author is William Yoder, the CT correspondant in Moscow. Here is a fragment:

A desperate appeal for help from a Baptist eyewitness in the embattled Central Asian city of Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan, raced through Russian-language inboxes and websites on Tuesday.

The author reported uncontrolled mobs of Kyrgyz men roaming the streets and laying waste to entire blocks in the nation’s second-largest city of 250,000. An old Uzbek man had been killed and burned near the author’s apartment; “mounds” of corpses lined certain streets. “We fear for our lives,” wrote the eyewitness. “Hear our desperate cry!”

A Charismatic pastor in the country’s capital, Bishkek, reported that a fellow pastor has been driving Uzbek families to safety outside of Osh, and that other Kyrgyz Christians have been hiding Uzbek families in their homes. Cordons of gangs or troops keep most people from fleeing, and those caught aiding the Uzbek minority can be counted lucky if they only lose their car. Kyrgyz who refuse to side with their own ethnic group are “severely punished,” said the pastor.

Read HERE the whole article.

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You may also find HERE an official statement of World Vision on this situation.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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