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Small republic’s big contribution2010-08-06 10:54
Only yesterday Abkhazia proposed that 1,000 Russian children from families aggrieved by fires go on vacation to sea resorts. Today this is South Ossetia ready to help Russia. Eduard Kokoyty, president of the republic, suggested shipping humanitarian aid to most affected regions. GeorgiaTimes found out what exactly the republic will do to facilitate the lives of the fire victims in the president's administration and the government of South Ossetia.
When such big states like Germany or Iran speak about helping Russia that has been failing to cope with the fire for almost a week, this sounds really weighty. "However when small countries offer their support this is a symbolic act that must be esteemed", - Felix Stanevsky, head of Caucasus department of the Institute of CIS countries thinks.
From the very beginning South Ossetia has been offering humanitarian aid to Russia. As the administration reports, this is the initiative of people, not the president. The content of supplies were determined during the day.
The president's administration explained that the humanitarian aid will be shipped from Tskhinval to the most fire-stricken regions of Russia in a specialized truck convoy. As confirmed by the press service, from early morning people were carrying essentials like houseware, mattresses and blankets to the collection points.
There were some public organizations that showed initiative: South Ossetian Women's League for Future proposed inviting 100 children from one of the most fire-stricken region - Nizhegorodsakya region - on a vacation with South Ossetian families.
Later by the evening it was Gabarayev Nugzar Antonovich, state advisor to RSO president for social issues who announced specific plans of help in his interview with GeorgiaTimes:
- Under the decision of the president of South Ossetia I shall be in charge of organization and control of humanitarian aid delivery. There is a plan to buy essential houseware for fire victims and provide monetary help as well as to reconstruct a small village - 15-20 houses. Anyway, final decisions will be taken on site. In the coming days I'm leaving for Nizhegorodskaya region to hold a meeting in the reconstruction staff. On my return I will report on current needs to the President and we will get down to work.
-Will you help only one region?