Northern Caucasus and southern Russia: ICRC facts & figures - September 2002
30-09-2002 Operational Update
In October the ICRC begins the 4 quarter round of distribution of food and non-food items to displaced civilians residing in Ingushetia. This will be the last distribution for 2002, and it will assist roughly 86’000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) – the number of IDPs in the areas covered by the ICRC.
With this round the ICRC begins a shift in its operational strategy leading into 2003 . After several months of in-depth situation assessment, including reviews of the economic situation in Ingushetia, Dagestan and Chechnya, it was decided to focus on the most vulnerable groups in the three affected republics. Next year the ICRC intends also to increase its assistance to vulnerable categories within the Chechen Republic itself.
According to Michel Minning, Head of the ICRC Delegation in the Russian Federation, ‘We are committed to continue our operations in the North Caucasus in 2003. With a significant degree of co-operaton with other important humanitarian actors in the field, we can now afford to target more specifically and substantially those most in need of emergency assistance.
In June-July of this year the ICRC also carried out a massive verification exercise of the IDP population assisted in Ingushetia, convoking all of the resident beneficiaries to 41 different sites in Ingushetia. Some 50 supplementary staff collected this updated data and additionally conducted over 15’000 home visits across the republic to identify household compositions and to determine those families and beneficiarie s most in need.