Chechnya, a Caucasus photo impression


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Chechnya, <br>Samaski mental hospital was partly destroyed this last part of the war, now only 3 small rooms are available for 32 patients,<br>In one of them only 2 woman, since separated from the man.<br>The hospital has little or non-medication, running water or heating.<br>--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------<br>Living conditions in and around Chechnya are inhuman after almost a decade of war and destruction.<br>People inside Chechnya are terrorized by the Russian occupation in a daily and structural way and the disappearance and execution of people are more rules than exception.<br>The Chechen fighters are divided and not able to finance the war, if they have the money they buy their weapons from the Russian enemy who are underpaid for their services.<br><br>For the Chechens who fled their country during the war the situation is almost as bad, mostly ending up in neighboring Ingushetia, living in camps with little or no facilities in tents who fall apart after the strong winters and even in stables normally used for animals.<br>Since also drug smugglers and criminals fled Chechnya, an increasing number of the refugees become drug addicted.<br><br>The NGO's working in Ingushetia can not enter Chechnya to do their important work as the risk of being kidnapped is too high and Russian government is not supporting in any way.<br><br>
Chechnya, february 2002

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