Aid organizations shifting into high gear

UNHCR staff offload emergency relief items at a temporary reception centre in Mtskheta, outside Gori. © UNHCR/A.Shrestha

UNHCR staff offload emergency relief items at a temporary reception centre in Mtskheta, outside Gori. © UNHCR/A.Shrestha

Just about every organization has now managed to post an update regarding their activities in Georgia.  Over the weekend the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Save The Children (SAVE), CARE, United Nations High Commision on Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have all issued statements.  Some organizations were on the ground prior to the recent hostilities and they have now stepped up operations to handle the increasing flow of civilians streaming out of the conflict zone.  Other organziations are sending in teams to assess the situation.  Coordination meetings are already being held in the Georgian capital of Tibilisi and rumor has it organzations have begun submitting their proposals to the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) for funding.

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