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In the last decade the people of Chechnya suffered two brutal wars in which over 100,000 people died.

The conflicts left the republic's capital, Grozny, in ruins and forced more than 350,000 people into neighbouring Ingushetia. Chechen refugees endured years of hardship in tent cities with only basic food and medication, and with little clean water.

In 2003 the authorities started closing down the tent camps and the refugees slowly returned to Chechnya where they were placed in Temporary Accommodation Centres (TACs).

Now the TACs are being closed down, and for many, there is nowhere to go.

» Country Statistics «
Official Name: Russian Republic of Chechnya
Capital: Grozny
Population: 1.3 million (1990)
Population Projection: -0.37% per annum
Languages: Chechen/Noxche and Russian
Life Expectancy: - N.A. -
Infant Mortality: 15.13 out of 1,000 [Russia]
Literacy Rate: Male - 99.6% | Female - 99.5% [Russia]
Gross National Product: US$ 11,100 [Russia]

Islamic Relief in Chechnya

IR was one of the first British aid agencies to help the Chechens, and has been working in the Northern Caucasus since 1995.

Islamic Relief distributes food aid parcels and hygiene kits to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in 7 Temporary Accommodation Centres in Grozny city. In neighbouring Kabardino-Balkaria, Islamic Relief has set up a computer training centre.

Orphans' Programme

The Orphans Sponsorship Programme has grown rapidly in Chechnya with over 750 sponsored orphans since it began in April 2005. The programme is concentrated in Grozny and its rural surroundings.

Click here to sponsor orphan Donate to Orphans' General Fund