Just down the road from the UNICEF offices is one of the Collective Centres where displaced people are living on a "temporary" basis.
Since Paul ‘Itchy Fists’ Currion supplies us with zero photos over at Humanitarian.info I thought it justified that I post him instead. Anyway, Paul recently posted about his work in Georgia and South Ossetia and for those of you interested in an insightful and clearly written first hand account of the pro’s and con’s of working for a UN agency in a disaster zone you should head on over to Paul’s site and get the latest. From Paul’s post:
Summary version: this response showed yet again the importance of investing in information resources before an emergency hits. That doesn’t just mean getting loads of satellite images (although UNOSAT did some impressive work on damage levels) but investing in relationships with government, relationships that can be leveraged quickly to mutual benefit. It means having a basic picture already in place – locations of schools, for example – that you can then overlay new data on top of – such as the estimated IDP numbers in those schools. This really needs a collective approach – one agency alone isn’t sufficient to achieve success, although you need a focal point for the effort – but it continues to make me wonder if we should be thinking about setting up an organisation that collects and disseminates operational data like this.
At least that would avoid me feeling like a numpty, turning up at meetings with my tiny spreadsheet of schools that might need some watsan rehabilitation…
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According to the BBC Russia has ordered an end to military operations against Georgia. However, there are a few lines further down the page that stand out,
According to a Kremlin statement, Mr Medvedev told his defence minister and chief of staff that “the goal has been attained”.
“I’ve decided to finish the operation to force the Georgian authorities to peace. The safety of our peacekeeping forces and civilian population has been restored,” he said.
But Mr Medvedev warned that Russia would not tolerate any further Georgian military activity in South Ossetia, saying: “Should centres of resistance or other aggressive attempts arise, you must take the decision to destroy them.”
Even if the fighting is over there are still an estimated 100,000 driven from their homes. The relief efforts will need to continue long after the current conflict ends.
Late word out of Santa Monica is that the International Medical Corps is preparing to deploy an assessment team to the conflict zone in South Ossetia. No word on when they will arrive but it looks like they’ll be there soon. Anyone interested in what IMC is up to should check out their website for the latest news and job opportunities. If you want to support their work with a donation you can click here.
No word on the other organizations. I hope to have more tomorrow. In the mean time check out our Humanitarian Job Info page for a partial list of aid organizations currently working around the world and visit Reuters AlertNet and ReliefWeb for the latest news and information about the war in South Ossetia.
[Full disclosure – While I am ex-IMC I am happy to post any organization’s information.)
Der Spiegel Online has a an incredible slide show of images from the fighting in South Ossetia. Click on the image below to view the entire show:
More from Reuters:
Below is a screen clip from the BBC’s latest video of Russian tanks rolling into Georgia. Click on it and you’ll be taken to the full BBC video:
I was told late last night that aid agencies are already planning their response, ReliefWeb has begun updating their maps for the region and the Red Cross is asking that a humanitarian corridor be established for evacuation of wounded civilians.
Russia Today reports on the current violence in South Ossetia: