Kyrgyzstan: The Peace Bell Tolls for Everyone but Uzbeks?

On the second anniversary of violent clashes between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan, a ‘Peace Bell‘ [ru] has been unveiled in the city of Osh as a monument for those who died and as a symbol of reconciliation. The bell contains the inscription ‘Peace in the Whole World’ in Kyrgyz, Russian, and English. But there is no similar engraving in Uzbek. As Matthew Kupfer writes on, the lack of an Uzbek inscription on the ‘Peace Bell’ demonstrates that Kyrgyzstan's government has failed to acknowledge that the country's Uzbeks also suffered during the unrest.

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