Catholic Relief Services Preparing Response in Georgia

As fighting rages in Georgia’s separatist South Ossetia region, estimates are that 1,500 people have died. Thousands have been wounded and many are fleeing. Catholic Relief Services’ staff in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi is now assessing needs and readying CRS’ response.

“It’s heartbreaking,” says Kellie Hynes, Head of Office for CRS Georgia about the casualties and the continuing violence. “There is movement by car and on foot from Gori. Everyone is coming out of the area.”

Because the hospital sector is most in need of assistance, CRS is arranging to dispatch its Cairo-based medical staffer to Tbilisi. CRS Georgia will also work with established local church partners to identify the greatest needs of displaced people.

“Despite the rapidly growing insecurity, our team is safe and is working on helping the innocent victims of the violence,” says Mark Schnellbaecher, Regional Director for Europe and the Middle East.

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