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Russian Federation / Northern Caucasus: three more community kitchens in Grozny

09-10-1996 News Release 96/40

With winter approaching and many people in Grozny having difficulty obtaining enough to eat, the ICRC has opened three more community kitchens, bringing the city's total to eight.

Following the destruction inflicted during the recent fighting in August, which deprived the city of basic infrastructure and services, the situation remains precarious for a large portion of the population. For the third winter in a row, the most vulnerable (the elderly, the disabled and welfare cases) are exposed to the cold, living in utter destitution in lodgings that have often been damaged and are difficult to heat.

Since early 1996 the ICRC has been striving to help these people by serving them hot meals in community kitchens, a programme being carried out in cooperation with the local branch of the Red Cross. By the end of this week, it should be possible to provide hot meals to more than 4,000 people a day.

Two community kitchens are also operating in Gudermes. They serve 800 meals a day, 150  of which are for patients at the city's psychiatric hospital. The ICRC is planning to open a third in the near future.