The Sputnik displaced persons camp administration told "Lipkhan" (not her real name), a thirty-nine-year-old mother of eleven, that her family would no longer receive food rations. Lipkhan said that one of the camp administrators came to her tent to show her a written order that she and three other families from Sernovodsk would no longer receive rations. "I am being pushed to go," Lipkhan said. "If I were given a choice, I would stay here even though the conditions are bad." Lipkhan has an eight-month-old baby who is ill with a respiratory infection.
There were reports that some refugees had had food ration cards withdrawn to pressure them to go. But on Thursday Russian authorities temporarily suspended an order denying food to refugees who failed to return to northern Chechen territories "liberated" by federal forces. "People in Sputnik camp are being denied food.
Islamic Relief program activities so far.
Islamic Relief has been active in the area by providing aid to those refugees inside Ingushetia.In the last week. Islamic Relief has:-
* Distributed a further 2950 food packets in the 'Sputnik', 'Severnii' and 'Karabulak' refugee camps.
* Distributed 5900 food packets amounting to 89 tonnes of food. The food has been divided into individual food packets consisting of Flour, Sugar, Vegetable oil, Macaroni, Tea, Beans, Salt. Non-food items include Candles and Matches.
* Installed 20 water tanks with another 10 on the way. Each has a 3 tonne capacity; these will be filled on a regular basis to provide clean water to 8 camps.
* Secured 5000 plastic water containers which will be distributed to the refugees this week. Secured 5000 blankets - to be delivered and distributed next week.
* Two of the four proposed mobile clinics / ambulances have arrived to provide much needed medical help.