Russia

Chechen refugees - Update 07 Jan 2000

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A report from Idriss Musaev, the project manager for the Salvation Army's work amongst Chechen refugees in Ingushetia, indicates that good progress is being made.
The office in Nazran has been repaired and furniture purchased from Ossetia. Computer and other office equipment has been purchased by the team in Stavropol and authorisation documents needed in order to function in Ingushetia have been prepared and printed. Fifty winter vests were purchased for staff in Ingushetia to wear and the Salvation Army Emergency Services logo in English and Russian will be printed on these. Stickers for vehicles and the office have also been printed.

The Mayor of Nazran requested financial assistance to provide gifts for 500 displaced orphans at a New Year celebration. This assistance was given.

Four new employees have been taken on. As of 28 December they were collecting information concerning medical needs in a refugee camp at Dalaktova, 20 km from Nazran. This information will be stored in a database and will be useful when the first shipment of supplies arrives for distribution. Dalaktova is one of the 'spontaneous' settlements and the Salvation Army is the only organisation working there.

Negotiations are under way with a baby food factory in Kuleshovka to place an order in the region of US$10,000 for dry milk products and baby food.

Registration documents have been submitted to the authorities in Nazran and it is anticipated that legal registration as a religious organisation in Ingushetia will soon be received.

AUTHOR: Captain Geoff Ryan

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION: INR 00/01

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