“Alina” refugee camp to be closed

INGUSHETIA, December 1, Caucasus Times – As of late November there are less than 50 tents in ‘Alina’ camp in Ordzhonikidzevskaya village of Sunzhensky district of Ingushetia.

Over 500 refugees have returned to Chechnya from the Alina camp lately to celebrate Uraza Bairam, the holy day for all Moslems, at their homes, the camp administration said in an interview with the Caucasus Times correspondent.

Still, there are only 600 residents and about 50 tents in the camp, the fact that may give the officials a pretext to pull the camp down. The refugees assert, that the order to have ‘Alina’ camp closed since December 1, has been signed and is at hand of the local migration control department.

Nevertheless, the department officials neigher proved nor refuted the rumor. “Actually, we don’t have such order as yet, but, if the camp is closed, the rest of the refugees will be relocated to other camps available in the republic. In any way, nobody is going to be forced out of Ingushetia,” the migration department employee said.

Malika Suleymenova, Caucasus Times, Ingushetia

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