Before June 2010 Zukhra Khakimova and her family lived in Cheremushki neighborhood, which later acquired a sad fame. There were two separate houses with 17 inhabitants living on their land. “One for all and all for one!” was the motto of the family, really big and friendly, that consisted of representatives of several generations. But in one day Zukhra lost seven close relatives: mother, who was paralyzed after a stroke, her older brother and his wife and three nieces, two of which were only 4 years and 1 year, and her older nephew.
When mass arson, pogroms of houses and brutal killings started, the whole family hid in the basement of their home. The cries of adults and children’s wails could not stop the heartless criminals, and their home, like many others, was set on fire. Not all of them were able to get out of the basement that day. Her relatives were killed in their own home, which did not secure and protect them, and this became great and irreparable loss for the whole family. Now, when the transitional housing is being built, the family of 10 people stays with relatives in the village of Suro-Tash, near the border with Uzbekistan. They are not going to leave anywhere from their own home in Cheryomushki and Osh – it is their home on their native land.
After that events no one worked in the family, and a humanitarian assistance and support of friends and neighbors were the main source of livelihood. Zukhra received compensation for the loss of her mother and elder brother, for each 20 000 som (about 450 USD) from the Government. Also, little money was received during the holy month of Ramadan in 2010. In addition, almost all documents of family members were burned, and a family is had difficulty in obtaining official documents and travel.
The Red Cross International Organization built them a two-room house. During the process of building the family faced with problems connected to additional financial investments to be made by a family for interior works, communications, heating and electricity, A family of Khakimovs did not have any money. In addition, a two-room house for four families was obviously small. The process of building a house for this family was not controlled by anyone – the family was under stress, Zuhra was receiving treatment in hospital. This family had no an opportunity to bring the process of construction to the end, while many families have already moved to their own transition houses. In this regard, within our initiative we helped in building the family house, purchase of building materials, and one additional room was built enlarge the area of housing.
Families, whose lives were changed by horrific inter-ethnic conflict, stories told by two women. There are thousands of such stories. People really need any type of help – moral, psychological or financially-material. The important thing is that after these tragic events we need to be able to build a stable and strong society without conflicts and grievances, in which both adults and children of all nationalities will be happy and safe.