IRC Welcomes Cessation of Military Activity in Chechnya, Remains Concerned About Ongoing Humanitarian Needs
Although there have been many positive gains in reducing violence and instability in recent years, including the revitalization of Grozny, the rebuilding of one of the largest mosques in Europe and an overall improvement in security, there are still many communities with dire humanitarian needs, without access to basic water, sanitation and housing. “As our staff see and experience every day, there is still a very strong need in the area for assistance, development, and investment,” said Thomas Hill, IRC’s Caucasus director.
Since the mid-1990’s, the IRC has worked in the North Caucasus to support those affected by conflict in the region. Programs in the region initially focused on emergency aid to displaced individuals and families, while subsequent programs provided assistance in agriculture, livelihoods, shelter, community infrastructure, civil society development and civic recovery.
The IRC has helped tens of thousands of people affected by both wars in Chechnya, and hopes the cessation of military activity will bring about a renewed sense of international commitment to improving the region’s humanitarian situation and as well as insuring its stability now and in the future.