Chechen conflict : humanitarian action of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to displaced victims 20 Jan 00


On 9 January 2000, when the Migration Service announced the total number of displaced from Chechnya to Ingushetia to be 258,400, the ICRC had directly assisted 153,230 of them in some 130 different distribution points throughout the Republic.

Food assistance

40,652: Food parcels ( 2 l of vegetable oil, 3kg sugar, 3kg spaghetti and 900gr tea)
3,572: boxes of high protein biscuits (20kg each box)
294,900: kg of wheat flour

Non-food assistance

35,855: Hygienic kits (2.5kgs washing powder, 12 rolls toilet paper, 500gr soap, 5 tubes toothpaste, 5 toothbrushes, 500ml shampoo, 5 disposable razors, 80 sanitary towels, 1 bath towel)
64,085: blankets
1,080: 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
420: wood heaters / lamps / burners
37,940: sq meters of plastic sheeting
97,124: candles

Medical assistance

715 war wounded patients were assisted over these three months in Ingushetia.

Water and sanitation activities

Since the end of November, when distributions of drinking water for Internaly Displaced Persons (IDPs) began, more than 2,800 m3 have been provided at 6 distribution points.


Food assistance

120,000 people in Ingushetia were provided with 240,000 loaves of bread during the month of December, 2,000 people received hot meals at 3 soup kitchens for the same period.

Non-food assistance

22,380 persons were provided with 22 705 items of footwear and clothes from October to December inclusive.

Medical assistance

200 patients were received of whom 125 were given medical assistance from 3 medical units during the month of December.


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 to Chechens, who found refuge primarily in Khasavyurt region. Over the period 10 August to end December, the ICRC has assisted 50 000 people with 310 tons of food and non-food items at a cost of 0.5 million CHF.

Food assistance

9,660: Food parcels
650: boxes of high protein biscuits
100,800: kg of wheat flour

Non-food assistance

3,970: Hygienic kits
20,334: blankets
2,216: Kitchen sets
1,640: jerrycans
82: rolls of plastic sheeting
17,715: kg of second hand clothes
1,099: tarpaulins

Medical assistance

315 war wounded have been provided with assistance since August for the sum of 10,000 CHF.


Non-food assistance

7,500 persons were provided with 7,500 items of footwear and clothes from October to December inclusive.


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.



3,500 IDPs from Chechnya, accomodated in North Ossetia, and 3,430 IDPs - 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 for the sum of 12,100 CHF to treat 800 war wounded.


Food assistance

1,600 people in North Ossetia were provided with 8,000 loaves of bread during the month of December, 2,400 people received hot meals at 1 soup kitchen for the same period.

Non-food assistance

1,285 persons were provided with 1,635 items of footwear and clothes from October to December inclusive.


In regions outside the North Caucasus, the Russian Red Cross, with the support of the International Federation, is prepared to assist the caseload of IDPs registered by the Migration Service.

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. 185 locally hired staff all over the North Caucasus.

Russian Red Cross

Permanent staff - 45 (delegated from the Central Committee and in the field)
Volunteers - 945

International Federation

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