MCIC Situation report Macedonia no. 6/2001

16 July - 22 July 2001

Skopje, 23rd of July 2001


Displaced persons

The number of internally displaced persons (IDP) decreases. According to the Macedonian Red Cross, the number of IDPs totals at 31,673, out of which 1,297 are settled in the collective centres.

A new collective centre has been opened in Dolno Konjare, Kumanovo, where 72 persons have been settled. In the Home for Elder, 13 persons have been settled.

Refugees return from Kosovo to Macedonia. The number of refugees returning from Kosovo increases. Each day, nearly 1,000 refugees (ethnic Albanians) return to Macedonia.

Human life impact

Around 5,000 inhabitants in the Municipality of Sipkovica, Tetovo, have been cut off for several months, without regular supply. The village of Sipkovica itself is probably a settlement of the so-called NLA.

Damages caused

The Coordination Body for Crisis Management adopted the information of the authorized institutions for normalization of the situation in Aracinovo. Out of 1,000 houses and 655 water supply facilities i.e. wells checked, 269 can be used normally, 124 are not safe for normal life and 41 houses were damaged.

At present, there are no official reports of the Coordination Body at the Macedonian Government about the damage evaluation from the conflicts in Aracinovo.




Aid for IDPs. The Red Cross of the city of Skopje started distribution of humanitarian aid for IDPs in the area of Skopska Crna Gora, Tetovo and Kumanovo. The aid was distributed in Momin Potok 2 and "Nikola Vapcarov" primary school.


The International Committee of the Red Cross delivered medicines in the Lipkovo area, where the access is difficult.

The Government Decision for free medicines for IDPs is still not implemented.


A new collective centre has been opened in Dolno Konjare, Kumanovo, where 72 persons have been settled. In the Home for Elder, 13 persons have been settled.

Water supply and sanitation

In Tetovo there is a water shortage because of system damages and the summer, which caused eight hour water reductions daily.

The construction of the pump station for spare water supply of the Medical Centre in Kumanovo started. The object should be completed next week.

Schools and education

There are no activities in this sector so far.

Humanitarian demining

There are no such activities in this period.

Protection and human rights

On MCIC initiative, an "Informative and Legal Support for the Internally Displaced Persons" brochure is being prepared. MCIC succeeded to locate three persons, ethnic Macedonians, missing about twenty days in the area of Radusa.

Psychosocial activities

Eight women NGOs started psychosocial activities for IDPs.

Post crisis rehabilitation

At the present, the biggest problem in Aracinovo is water and electricity. Examinations have shown that in the village there is shortage of pure drinking water, and there is no technical water as well. One of the reasons for this is the shortage of electricity. For partial water supply of the inhabitants, after their return to the village, water from cisterns will be provided.




ECHO funds for reconstruction. EU announced aid worth of 2.5 million Euros for reconstruction of the destroyed facilities in the crisis areas.


First meeting of NGO humanitarian coordination. In order to improve the organization and coordination of humanitarian activities on local level, on 18th of July 2001, NGO humanitarian coordination has been established by 12 NGOs: El Hilal, Klasje na dobrinata, Mesecina, OOZM, SOZM, SAZM, ROZM "Daja", DROM, Milosrdie, Megasi and MCIC. These organizations have certain target group or target area. MCIC will provide the logistic support of the NGO humanitarian coordination. The meetings will be held once a week. NGO humanitarian coordination on the meetings of National Humanitarian Coordination (NHC) will be repreented by MCIC and El Hilal, and a third representative relevant to the meeting's issue, if needed.

Second meeting of the National Humanitarian Coordination. On 19th of July 2001, the National Humanitarian Coordination body held its second meeting, where representatives from President's Cabinet, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence, international governmental organizations (UNHCR, UNICEF etc.), international nongovernmental organizations, Red Cross and domestic nongovernmental organizations (MCIC and El Hilal) took part. The participants submitted activity reports and addressed their problems.

Further activities should be undertaken for the following issues: return of IDPs' confidence in the Government; prepare strategy and plan in case of new displacements of persons; improving coordination through connection of the different coordination mechanisms between international organizations, governmental institutions and domestic NGOs; defining conflict areas access procedure; establishing mechanism for exemption of mobilization of part of employees in the humanitarian organizations conducting important tasks for the humanitarian operations; to consider possibilities of Value Added Tax (VAT) and Financial Transaction Tax exemption of domestic NGOs for purchases in the country.

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