During the two recent Russian wars, humanitarian help was virtually non-existent in Chechnya. Thousands of children died, others lacked proper medical care, all the children were left severely malnourished and many remained with physical and/or mental scars of war. According to the UN, Chechnya is still one of the most heavily land-mined countries in the world, yet Russia expelled all international landmine clearing experts for inexplicable reasons.
At present, North Caucasus has the largest youth population in Russia and at the same time the biggest unemployment rate (over 50%), leaving the young generations with no future prospects.
The children and youth also suffer from malnourishment (as do many children throughout the impoverished North Caucasus).
In the following video, Chechen children talk about life during war. Also contains various war footage and reports on the current state of today’s Chechnya, especially in what concerns children
Read the story a young Grozny woman who tried to survive by collecting bricks together with her children Women of Grozny – Elza
Men would often stay inside for fear of being picked up by the Russian army and taken to the infamous “filtration camps”.