UNICEF provides school and medical supplies to the villages of the conflict zone of South Ossetia
TBILISI Georgia, 4 October, 2004 – 46 sets of Medical and Hygienic Supplies including various medicines as well as 41 school kits were sent by UNICEF to 23 hard-to-reach villages of Kurta, Eredvi and Tighvi communes of the South Ossetia region. UNICEF truck went through a shaky and mountainous road severely bombarded just a month ago to deliver badly needed supplies to more than 5000 women and children living in conflict-torn villages of the Valley of the river Liakhvi.
UNICEF Representative Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed and the Representative of the President of Georgia in the Region Michael Kareli accompanied those supplies to the villages of the conflict zone to hand them over to the deeply stressed population of the valley. The distribution of medical supplies to the local hospitals and that of the school supplies to schools was taken place during three days. UNICEF staff and local government representatives delivered the supplies directly to the beneficiaries who faced an outbreak of the conflict a month ago.
“This is the next phase of UNICEF humanitarian assistance to the conflict zone of South Ossetia. In August UNICEF emergency assistance rushed school supplies, sporting equipment, vaccines and mobilized volunteers to assist the several hundred children escaping the outbreak of the conflict. Fortunately the military actions were suspended and displaced women and children returned back to the places of their residence. We will continue our assistance to the population living in an extremely difficult conditions of the hard-to reach villages of South Ossetia” – says Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, UNICEF Representative in Georgia.
A month ago UNICEF provided a rapid emergency assistance to the displaced women and children from South Ossetia who were temporarily moved to the sanatoriums of western and southern Georgia. Over thousands of women and children fled from an outbreak of fighting between Georgian troops and separatists’ forces but returned back after the truce was secured.
As a result of the emergency assistance 35 school kits and 10 football kits, as well as information materials for parents and social workers were delivered to the temporarily displaced population housed in various sanatoriums and hotels. Around 1,600 displaced children from the troubled region were also immunised against measles, mumps and rubella as UNICEF and the Georgian Ministry of Health rushed vaccines to avoid any possible outbreak of epidemics during an emergency situation, given the high number of children concentrated in one place.
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