The Staggers 17 June 2010 Kyrgyzstan crisis: in pictures Violence against ethnic Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan has left at least 178 people dead and up to 275,000 dis Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Above, Uzbek women mourn in Jalal-Abad. The violence broke out last Friday and quickly spread to the village from Osh, 25 miles away, and to other Uzbek villages in the south. Men cry in the village of Shark, outside Osh, by a destroyed building. A wrecked building near the People's Friendship University in Jalal-Abad. Ethnic Uzbek men dig graves in Osh. According to the official toll, 178 people are dead. Many on the ground claim this is a huge underestimate, and that the real figure is closer to 2,000. Men pray at a funeral in Osh. The clashes are the worst ethnic violence to hit southern Kyrgyzstan since 1990. Government forces are accused of being complicit in the slaughter. Ethnic Uzbek women cry and plead for help at a refugee camp in Nariman, ten kilometres outside Osh, on the border with Uzbekistan. Up to 200,000 Uzbeks are homeless but stranded in Kyrgyzstan. Refugees gather by the border with Uzbekistan. On Monday, the country ordered its borders closed to tens of thousands of refugees. About 75,000 are thought to have crossed the frontier before this. Uzbeks hand bread over the border to refugees in the Nariman camp. All photos from AFP/Getty Images. Special subscription offer: Get 12 issues for £12 plus a free copy of Andy Beckett's "When the Lights Went Out". › “The other Ed”? Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist, who tweets @samirashackle. She was formerly a staff writer for the New Statesman. Subscribe For daily analysis & more political coverage from Westminster and beyond subscribe for just £1 per month!