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Russian Federation / Northern Caucasus: Aid for those who need it most

10-10-2002 News Release 02/41

The ICRC will begin supplying food and other basic necessities to some 86,000 internally displaced people in Ingushetia this week, in its fourth and final round of distributions in the republic this year.

With these distributions the ICRC will take a step towards adopting the priorities it has set for its humanitarian programmes in 2003. After several months of in-depth review, it decided that the focus in 2003 will be placed on the most vulnerable of Ingushetia's displaced, such as those with disabilities, orphans, female-headed households, and large families. The ICRC will also increase its aid to vulnerable people in the Chechen Republic next year.

According to Michel Minnig, head of the ICRC delegation in the Russian Federation, “We are committed to continuing our operations in the northern Caucasus in 2003. Because of a high level of cooperation with other humanitarian organizations in the field, we can now afford to target more specifically those most in need of emergency aid.”

With that goal in mind, ICRC experts undertook a series of reviews of the economic security situation in Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia over the first six months of 2002. In June and July of this year the ICRC also carried out a massive verification of its caseload of displaced people in Ingushetia. Some 50 additional staff collected data and conducted over 15,000 household visits throughout the republic to determine the composition of households and identify those most in need.

The ICRC has been present in the region since 1992, where it continues to aid over 250,000 people. The total budget for ICRC operations in the northern Caucasus in 2002 is around 27million US dollars.