MCIC Situation report Macedonia no. 8/2001

30 July - 5 August 2001

Skopje, 6th of August 2001


Displaced persons

The number of internally displaced persons (IDP) increases. According to the Macedonian Red Cross, the number of IDPs totals at 47,424, out of which 2,946 are settled in the collective centres.

Natyra registered increased number of displaced people returning from Skopje and Kosovo to Kumanovo.

According to the Regional Coordination in Gostivar, 960 persons or 218 families, out of which almost 90% Romas, have been registered since July 30, 2001.

The number of refugees returning to Macedonia from Kosovo decreases. According to UNHCR, 22,957 refugees, ethnic Albanians, returned from Kosovo to Macedonia, and around 55.000 are still in Kosovo.

Human life impact

In the municipalities of Lipkovo, Vratnica and Sipkovica, in the limited access areas, there are 14,000, 4500, and 3,000 persons, respective.

Humanitarian convoy. On July 31 2001, the Coordination Body for Crisis Management and representatives of the international community organized humanitarian convoy for the Tetovo villages of Lesok, Neprosteno and Tearce. Around 500 inhabitants of these villages were also in the convoy, visiting their homes. The road was safe and the convoy entered in Vratnica. Convoy for Opae cancelled. Around 300 inhabitants from the village of Opae, Kumanovo, in organization of the Mayor of the city of Kumanovo, Slobodan Kovacevski, should have visited their homes. The Macedonian Security Forces cancelled the convoy of security reasons.




Aid for the Municipality of Vratnica. In the convoy for the villages of Lesok, Neprosteno and Tearce, on July 31 2001, after 15 day of isolation, food aid was distributed for the inhabitants of the villages of Vratnica, Beloviste and Staro Selo.

Aid for the displaced persons. From August 6 to 21, 2001, ICRC and the Red Cross from Tetovo shall conduct its third aid distribution for IDPs registered in May and June 2001.
MCIC distributed food for the newly arrived IDPs in the collective centre in Dojran.

Humanitarian convoy for the Municipality of Lipkovo. After 9 days of waiting for permission, El Hilal distributed 62 tons of food for the inhabitants of the Municipality of Lipkovo. Aid provided the organization Mother Theresa as well. MCIC, through Natyra joined the convoy on August 1, 2001, and distributed 18 tons of food items and 10 tons of food for the livestock.

Klasje na dobrinata distributed food and hygiene supplies for 700 families in Kumanovo and 1780 families in Skopje. 12 tons of food has been distributed in Skopje.


All displaced persons can obtain free medical aid in all hospitals in the country with the card obtained while registering in the Red Cross.

WHO in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and UNICEF provided free medicines for IDPs in three pharmacies in Skopje, the polyclinics in Cento, Bit Pazar and Gorce Petrov. This kind of aid is already present in Kumanovo. WHO regularly provides medicines for the Medical Centre in Tetovo.

Milosrdie distributed medical items for the Municipality of Vratnica.

Klasje na dobrinata and SAZM provided free medical examinations for displaced persons.


A new collective centre has been opened in Dojran, where 72 persons from the Tetovo villages have been settled. The Olympic Village Resort has been opened for 230 displaced persons.
MCIC, in cooperation with UNCHR, distributed 1,050 plastic covers, 100 mattresses, kitchenware, water and hygiene parcels to the families in Aracinovo whose houses have been damaged.

Water supply and sanitation

Civil Protection Headquarters completed the repair of the damaged water supply system in the village of Otlja. There have been water shortages for several months in the village.

Komunalna higiena - Skopje regularly supplies the inhabitants of Aracinovo with pure water. 42 tons of water has been distributed each day. There are also three drinking fountains in the village.

El Hilal, in cooperation with MCIC provided 15 tons of mineral water for Aracinovo, in the first three days of the return of the displaced persons.

The water supply problem in Tetovo remains unsolved. Some suburbs have no water 24 hours a day. OXFAM placed three mobile reservoirs of water with a capacity of 90 m3. They cannot be in function permanently because the local authorities cannot fill them permanently. The municipality seeks alternative wells to support the local water supply system. According to the international organizations, this is structural issue, and thus cannot be supported. MCIC considers the opportunity of building a well/pump station. In cooperation with the local hygiene enterprise in Tetovo, the location will be additionally defined.

Schools and education

There are no activities in this sector so far.

Humanitarian demining

In Aracinovo, a week after the initial entrance of the local population in the village, still have not been removed all unexploded devices. There are around 10 new grenades found each day.
MCIC publicised the information about land mine and explosive devices danger in the daily newspapers Dnevnik, Vecer, Utrinski Vesnik and Fakti.

Protection and human rights

The "Informative and Legal Support for the Internally Displaced Persons" brochure has been completed and followed on to review.

Psychosocial activities

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

SOZM, SAZM, OOZM, ROZM "Daja" and Megasi continues their psychosocial support for children and women.

The First Children Embassy "Megasi" organized summer tour to Ohrid for 47 children from different ethnic composition from the collective centres, from August 8 - 17, 2001.


In SOZM's office, a new information centre has been established, giving information about IDPs.




The Croatian Government donated aid for the displaced persons, totalling of 1 million German Marks.


NGO Humanitarian Coordination meeting. On August 1, 2001, NGO Humanitarian Coordination held its fourth meeting, where last week's humanitarian activities were submitted. It was concluded that a delegation of NGO Humanitarian Coordination should meet Coordination Body for Crisis Management representatives in order to discuss the following issues:

  • faster procedure for obtaining personal documents for IDPs
  • access to private properties for the harvest
  • provision of adequate settlement for displaced persons from Gostivar.

It was also concluded to arrange meeting with Intersos about the composition of the humanitarian parcels, addressing the unequal treatment of IDPs problem and strengthening information support for IDPs.

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