About the Situation
By the Numbers
More than 1.3 million people live in Chechnya
One in five Chechens is food insecure
Between 70% and 80% of the population is unemployed
(Sources: Russian Federation Federal State Statistics Service, International Medical Corps and ReliefWeb)
Two wars tore through Chechnya during the 1990s and into the following decade, destroying the region’s economy, job market and civil infrastructure—forcing more than 370,000 Chechens to flee their homes.
Inaccessibility to Chechnya has made it difficult for outside governments, human rights groups and nongovernmental organizations to gather more information about the situation in Chechnya.
How Islamic Relief is Helping
Islamic ReliefTM was one of the first aid agencies to assist Chechens affected by conflict in the mid-‘90s and has been working in the Northern Caucasus since 1995. Islamic Relief responded immediately to help refugees—relief teams pitched tents for homeless families and provided them with food, water, clothes and wood.
Here’s a breakdown of some programs Islamic Relief has supported in Chechnya:
SMALL GRANTS FOR CHILDREN OF WAR
This project will help improve the living standards of 62 households of those maimed by landmines or unexploded ordnance accidents (UXO), many of whom are children. The goal is to provide small grants and technical support for these households so that they can effectively and efficiently generate businesses and raise their incomes.
RAMADAN FOOD DISTRIBUTION
BAKERY FOR ORPHAN HOUSEHOLDS
This project achieved two main goals: To provide women with a means for income-generation and to provide fresh baked goods for orphans and other children in need. Women, who are the heads of their households, worked together to take ownership of a bakery business. As part of the business plan, the women hired staff, baked fresh bread daily and provided it to orphan households and children rehabilitation centers.
LIVELIHOOD SUPPORT FOR ORPHANS
About 150 orphans and their families in Grozny received business training, such as sewing, cell phone repair, and wood craftsmanship, to help them earn money and make a living.
Here are photos taken from the field by Islamic Relief teams in Chechnya.