Chechen conflict: Emergency action of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

Situation Report
Originally published

By 22 February 2000, when according to official statistics the total number of displaced from Chechnya to Ingushetia, registered by the Migration Service, amounted to 276,860, the ICRC had directly assisted cumulatively 251,009 of them in some 159 different distribution points throughout the Republic over the last 5 months.

Food assistance

61,326 Food parcels ( 1L vegetable oil, 1 kg sugar, 3 kg spaghetti, 3 kg rice, 2 kg canned meat, 0.5 kg salt and 100 gr yeast)
3,572 boxes of high protein biscuits (20 kg each box)
814,650 kg of wheat flour.

Non-food assistance

59,557 Hygienic kits (2.5 kg washing powder, 12 rolls toilet paper, 500 gr soap, 5 tubes toothpaste, 5 toothbrushes, 500ml shampoo, 5 disposable razors, 80 sanitary towels, 1 bath towel)
71,340 blankets
1,188 Kitchen sets (1 cooking pot (7L), 1 frying pan, 5 bowls, 5 plates, 5 cups, 5 knives, 5 forks and 5 tablespoons)
9,402 jerry cans
5,302 buckets
1,026 wood heaters / lamps / burners
39,460 sq meters of plastic sheeting
117,752 candles

Medical assistance

All 5 hospitals of Ingushetia received assistance for 915 war wounded patients.

Water and sanitation activities

Since the end of November, when distributions of drinking water for IDPs (Internaly displaced persons) began, more than 6,200 m3 have been provided to more than 27,000 beneficiaries. 6 ICRC water cistern trucks continue to deliver water to 19 distribution points and not only in IDP camps but in places of IDPs' compact living. The usual volume of distributed water per day is around 137 m3.


Food assistance

110,000 people in Ingushetia were provided with 110,000 loaves of bread in February 01-15 alone, 34,000 portions of hot meals have been distributed at 3 soup kitchens during the same period.

Non-food assistance

10,000 persons were provided with warm clothes in February 01-15.

Medical assistance

2,678 patients were given medical assistance from 3 medical units in the same period.


In Dagestan the ICRC, in co-operation with the local branch of the Russian Red Cross, began to assist Dagestanis in collective centres and the private sector, displaced as a result of hostilities as early as 10 August in Makhachkala and Buinaksk, and from October - Chechens, who found refuge primarily in Khasavyurt region. Over the period 10 August to February 22, the ICRC provided food and non-food assistance cumulatively to 74,542 beneficiaries.

Food assistance

11,357 Food parcels
8,841 kg of high protein biscuits
123,850 kg of wheat flour

Non-food assistance

10,689 Hygienic kits
25,294 blankets
2,938 Kitchen sets
1,640 jerrycans
103 rolls of plastic sheeting
557 bales of second hand clothes (25-30 kg each)
1,275 tarpaulins

Medical assistance

315 war wounded have been provided with assistance since August. In January medical assistance was provided to Khasavyurt Central Hospital to treat 50 patients.


Food assistance

48,000 people in Dagestan were provided with 24,000 loaves of bread February 01-15, 10,500 portions of hot meals have been distributed at 1 soup kitchen for the same period.

Non-food assistance

4 500 persons were provided with warm clothes in February 01-15.

Medical assistance

216 patients were given medical assistance from 1 medical unit in the same period.


Until 6 November, when the ICRC was forced to evacuate its 38 staff members to neighbouring Ingushetia due to the deteriorating security situation, the ICRC had been carrying out its usual bread and water provision programmes in favour of the civilian population and support to the local branch of the Russian Red Cross even after renewed hostilities in Chechnya flared up at the end of September. Its 38 staff members provided, in addition, medical assistance to 1,205 war wounded. The ICRC is actively exploring the possibility to extend its humanitarian operations to Chechnya.



3,500 IDPs from Chechnya, accomodated in North Ossetia, and 3,430 IDPs, accommodated in public buildings in Kabardino-Balkaria were also provided with ad hoc food and non-food assistance (food parcels, wheat floor and hygienic kits).

The military hospitals in Nalchik, Mozdok, Kislovodsk were assisted with emergency and surgical material to treat 840 war wounded.


Food assistance

28,000 people in North Ossetia were provided with a total of 14,000 loaves of bread in February 01-15, 4,200 portions of hot meals have been distributed at 1 soup kitchen in the same period.

Non-food assistance

987 persons in North Ossetia and 634 families in Kabardino-Balkaria were provided with warm clothes in February 01-15.


In regions outside the North Caucasus, the Russian Red Cross, with the support of the International Federation, provides emergency assistance, psycho-social counselling, legal advice and medical services to IDPs from Chechnya, accommodated in the regions outside the North Caucasus. From the end of January 2000 till February 18 the Russian Red Cross provided 7,258 food parcels and 8,467 hygienic kits to IDPs at 48 distribution points in seven regions of the RF ( (Stavropol, Krasnodar, Rostov, Volgograd, Astrakhan, Saratov and Kalmykia).

In the north caucasus


6 expatriates permanently based in Nalchik and supported by 4 specialists (logistic, relief, medical, water and sanitation engineer) from headquarters in Geneva. 190 national staff all over the North Caucasus.

Russian Red Cross

Permanent staff - 45 (delegated from the Central Committee and in the field)

International Federation

Delegates and local staff in Moscow offer support to the Russian Red Cross outside the North Caucasus in favour of IDPs.

Last update : 28/02/2000