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Ear to the Ground

Food Prices Skyrocket in Beleaguered Kyrgyzstan

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Posted on Sep 17, 2010
Al-Jazeera English

Food shortages and ruptured supply lines have led to barren markets in Kyrgyzstan.

It’s been a rough year for Kyrgyzstan. There was the uprising in April that saw a new government take charge, followed by violent ethnic clashes in June, then by a mass flight of refugees. And now it culminates with food scarcity and soaring prices that affect a quarter of the population amid a broken trade and supply network. —JCL

Al-Jazeera English:

Kyrgyzstan’s ongoing conflict has had a devastating effect on the country’s economy.

The ethnic violence that erupted in June has disrupted trade networks, leading to a massive increase in food and fuel prices.

The United Nation says more than a quarter of the population across the country are stuggling to get sufficient food.

Al Jazeera’s Robin Forestier Walker reports from southern Kyrgyzstan.

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