Rapid influx of IDP’s into Tbilissi, the Georgia’s Capital : Première Urgence one of the main actors in the field of NFI distributions.
For the past 5 days all PU-employees have been very eager to satisfy the ever growing demand of basic NFI’s (Non Food Items i.e. blankets, beds) in numerous makeshift IDP (internal displaced people) reception centers. In close coordination with the Ministry of Refugees and Accommodation of Georgia (MRA) and UNHCR (United Nation High Commissioner for refugees), Première Urgence managed to supply 1.396 beds and 1.427 blankets in the past 5 days in 16 IDP locations all over Georgia’s capital.
Distribution point 15 (former Russian Army base), August 13, 2008 : Direct beneficiary participation in unloading beds and blankets. Donation certificates are signed with the focal points in the IDP centers.
An IDP center close to the airport was fully equipped with beds and blankets by Première Urgence on August 14, 2008. Currently conditions are very challenging and the rapid influx of IDP’s can hardly be controlled at the moment. When Première Urgence arrived on the spot on August 14, 2008 at 23H00 merely 28 people were at the camp. About 40 minutes later, at the end of the distribution, 47 people had arrived in this so-called ‘tent town’. For monitoring purposes Première Urgence went back to this IDP center only 36 hours later: at that moment, 183 people had found refuge at this center.
Distribution point 16 (so-called tent town), August 16, 2008 : Only 36 hours after Première Urgence’s NFI distribution, the camp population had multiplied by more than 6. Very challenging conditions for everybody, but mainly for small children and women.
During this emergency phase, Première Urgence will continue to assist the crisis-affected via the supply of essential non-food items (i.e. blankets, soap, kitchen sets) with financial support from the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department DG-ECHO and thr French Foreign Ministry as well as from.