23 July - 29 July 2001
Skopje, 30th of July 2001
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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)
Regular interagency meetings.
Second coordination meeting of NGO humanitarian
Ministry of Foreign Affairs contact for international