The European Commission (EC) has approved the allocation of EUR16.5m for humanitarian aid to victims of the Chechen conflict, the press service of the Russian representative office of the EC reported. Internally displaced people and vulnerable groups of the population of the central and southern regions of Chechnya as well as internally displayed people in Ingushetia and Dagestan will receive aid. The humanitarian aid will be delivered via the European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO).
People affected by the conflict will receive humanitarian assistance in food, health care, shelter, drinking water and sanitation, education, legal protection, etc. International agencies that are present in the region will carry out these programs.
ECHO has spent about $120m on humanitarian aid to victims of the Chechen conflict since it resumed in 1999.
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