MCIC Situation report Macedonia no. 7/2001

23 July - 29 July 2001

Skopje, 30th of July 2001


Displaced persons

Increased number of IDPs. According to the Macedonian Red Cross, the number of IDPs in Macedonia totals at 41.456, out of which 2,607 in the collective centres.

There are three evidence points at the Macedonian Red Cross in Skopje for displaced persons from Tetovo.

Union of Women Organizations of Macedonia established crisis centre for providing initial aid for the displaced persons from Tetovo area.

The number of refugees that return from Kosovo to Macedonia decreases. According to UNHCR, around 15.000 refugees (ethnic Albanians) returned from Kosovo to Macedonia, while around 60.000 persons are still in Kosovo.

Human life impact

Around 20 villages on the route Tetovo - Jazince have no electricity because of transport system damages during the conflicts in Tetovo. Part of the system has been fixed, but most of the villages still have no electric power.

On 29th of July 2001, around 4.000 inhabitants, mostly ethnic Albanians returned in the village of Aracinovo, Skopje. They left their homes almost two months ago, on the 8th of June 2001, when NLA entered the village. The village has neither electricity nor water. The next day, UNHCR and many international organizations, as well as MCIC representative (the only domestic NGO) visited the village.

In the limited access areas in the municipalities of Lipkovo and Vratnica there are 14.000 i.e. 2.500 persons, respectively.



Aid for the displaced persons. ICRC distributed humanitarian aid in the Panorama hotel for IDPs from Tetovo area, and also started basic food supplies and medicine distributions in the Tetovo villages, wherefrom inhabitants were forced out a week ago.

Red Cross of the City of Skopje started humanitarian aid distributions for displaced persons form Skopska Crna Gora, Tetovo and Kumanovo region. The aid has been distributed in the distribution points Momin Potok 2 and Nikola Vapcarov Primary School.

Natira distributed food parcels for 1453 displaced families in Kumanovo.

MCIC distributed food for the collective centre in Dolno Konjare (for 100 IDPs for 1 month), as well as the newly arrived IDPs from Tetovo area in the centres Pelagonija (450 IDPs for 1 week) and Stiv Naumov (300 IDPs for 1 day).


World Health Organization (WHO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and UNICEF established three free medicine points for IDPs i.e. pharmacies in the polyclinics of Cento, Bit Pazar and Gorce Petrov. This kind of point is already present in Kumanovo and WHO regularly supplies the Medical Centre in Tetovo with medicines.

WHO completed capacity identification process of organizations active in health sector in the moment and in case of further escalation of the crisis.


In the student home "Stiv Naumov", 720 IDPs from Tetovo villages have been settled, while in "Pelagonija" 490.

Water supply and sanitation

MCIC works on providing permanent water source for the Medical Centre in Kumanovo.

Natira provided parts for repairing of the water pipeline in the village of Otlja - Lipkovo. There is still no permission from the Coordination Body for Crisis Management for entering in the village.

MCIC conducted its first distribution of water in bottles for the persons who returned in Aracinovo.

Schools and education

In the education sector, cooperation with the Ministry of Education has been established for socialization of the disabled children.

UNICEF and the Ministry of Education will establish sub-body for coordination of activities and evaluate whether the standards for the beginning of the new semester have been fulfilled.

Humanitarian demining

El Hilal in its aid distribution included UNICEF land-mine protection materials.

Protection and human rights

On MCIC initiative, an "Information and legal support for IDPs" brochure has been prepared.

Psychosocial activities

UNICEF provides psychosocial support for displaced children in Skopje, Kumanovo and Tetovo, and in all collective centres.

The activities in the Women Centre in Kumanovo, consisted of 9 women organizations, are ongoing. For the IDPs this centre represents a crisis centre, where psychosocial support to women is provided through group conversations.

Post-crisis rehabilitation

Local hygiene service in Aracinovo buried 500 dead livestock. The teams removed around 80 tons of spoiled food from the houses and 150 tons of waste.




According to sources in Brussels, an international donor conference might be held after reaching political agreement in the country.


Third National Humanitarian Coordination (NHC) meeting.
On 26th of July 2001 NHC Body held its third meeting. Representatives from governmental institutions, UN agencies, Red Cross and Red Crescent, International governmental and non-governmental institutions and domestic NGOs participated on the meeting. The organizations submitted reports for their last week's activities. They condemned the attacks on the international organizations and recommended improvement of public relations. They also emphasized the need of free medicines for IDPs as well as special treatment for disabled IDPs. The organizations recommended evaluation of teaching possibilities in the crisis areas, as well as a greater psychosocial support for the IDPs and socio-cultural acceptability and adequate quality of the humanitarian aid.

Regular interagency meetings.
Interagency and sectoral meetings are being held regularly with significant progress in the undertaken activities. Present sectors are: food, logistics (WFP), health (WHO), shelter (UNHCR), local services, education, water supply and sanitation (UNICEF), agriculture (FAO).

Second coordination 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 between 12 NGOs: El Hilal, Natira, Klasje na dobrinata, Mesecina, OOZM, SOZM, ROZM "Daja", DROM, Milosrdie, Megasi and MCIC. On the 2nd meeting held on 25th of July 2001 the reports from the organization's last week activities. On this meeting, the following was concluded: condemnation of the attacks on the international organizations; improvement of IDPs' needs addressing; activating the reserve plans; access of the population to their private properties; improvement of the health care for special groups and free medicines for IDPs; improvement of psychosocial support for women and children etc.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs contact for international NGOs.
On 26th of July 2001, a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with international NGOs was held for improvement of the conditions for conducting their activities. International NGOs should inform the Multilateral Relations Sector at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for all the problems they face.

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