From 1995 till today, we have not lived normal
lives - we just exist. Tragedy after tragedy
has descended on the Chechen people. After
the first war, my family was just returning
to normality when the second war began.
Like many Chechens, we fled to the neighbouring
republic of Ingushetia to the Sputnik refugee
camp, where we were given a small tent. We
lived in it until May of 2003 when, because
of a gas explosion, it caught fire and all
our documents, food stores, and clothes were
destroyed with it.
We have a new tent now, but we are still in
need of the other things. We have no problems
with electricity and water, but as for food
it’s a pity to say that it is not enough.
For me, my husband and our eight children,
the basic ration is bread, tea and sometimes
simply water. So we try to make ends meet.
Sometimes my youngest son cries from hunger
and I have nothing to give him and it tears
my soul apart. On a typical day, I bake a
little bread, then we have breakfast, do our
housework and for the rest of the day we think
what to do and how to live.
Though the circumstances we live in are very
difficult, it is better to live here than
in Chechnya. I think it would take security
and availability of jobs to encourage people
to go back to their homes, and I hope it will
be very soon.
I want to say that I feel the care of Islamic
Relief. There are people in your organization
who pay attention to our pain and suffering.
I shall never forget these people or the name
of Islamic Relief, which has brought relief
during the most terrible hardship we have
ever faced in our lives. I wish the organization
welfare and prosperity, and the people of
Great Britain all the best from all my heart.