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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chechen Refugees Appeal to Mission

KARABULAK, Southern Russia -- Angry Chechen refugees at this tent camp in Ingushetia near the border with Chechnya swarmed around a senior European official on Wednesday waving banners and shouting "help us!"

Officials from the Council of Europe were ending a two-day fact-finding mission by visiting the camp where some of the 200,000 civilians who fled fighting in Chechnya are living in medieval conditions.

Lord David Russell-Johnston walked into the litter-strewn camp at sunset. A large crowd of refugees surrounded and jostled the visibly shocked European Council representative and his dozen heavily armed bodyguards.

One small child cried out in English: "We want help."

Refugees waved banners, one of which read: "Europe and the West must stop giving money to this murder."

Christopher Carpenter, a representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Ingushetia, said the international agency was sending food and supplies to Karabulak.