Situation report Macedonia no. 17/2001
September 24-30, 2001
Skopje, October 1st, 2001
Drastically reduced number of the IDP.
In Macedonia, according to the ICRC/MKCK,
the number of internally displaced persons (IDP) is 41,212 persons. Of
them, 3,595 are accommodated in the collective centers. The reduction
of the number of IDP is due to the calming of the situation in Tetovo
and the other crises regions.
More and more refugees are returning from
According to the UNHCR data, there are about 26,100 refugees (ethnic Albanians),
while about 55,700 persons have returned in Macedonia.
El Hilal distributed 20 tons food stuffs and hygiene articles for the
MCIC distributed a total of 8.7 tons of flour, 8.5 tons of animal food,
600 kg of sugar, 600 liters of cooking oil, 300 kg salt and hygiene articles
to the villages of Lukovica, Urvic, Jelovjane, Jegunovce, Slatino and
WHO/ The World health Organization and the Ministry of Health are preparing
an assessment list for estimating the damages of the health facilities
in the crises regions.
On September 25 UNHCR delivered 203 family humanitarian packages for the
displaced persons from Lesok and Slatino. The packages entail blankets,
mattresses, plastic tarpaulins, construction tools, water canisters, kitchen
utensils and hygiene items.
On September 25 UNHCR also through El Hilal delivered 20 family packages
to Lojane and 50 to Vaksince.
Water supply and sanitation
There are no new activities in this period.
Schools and education
After an 18 day boycott of classes, about 600 Albanian secondary school
children returned to the schools in Kumanovo.
The pupils from the Macedonian language classes from the elementary school
"Bratstvo-Migeni" in Tetovo still have their classes in the
Classes have not commenced as yet in the schools in the villages Urvic,
Novo Selo and Jelovjane because the teachers cannot reach their jobs.
ICRC/MKCK on September 24 had lectures for precaution from mines and other
contact explosives in the municipalities: Tearce, Vratnica, Djepciste
and the villages: Radusa, Aracinovo, Lopate and Opae.
An Intersos de-mining team began searching the field for possible set
mines and unexploded devices in the village Neprosteno.
Protection and human rights
There are no such activities in this period.
Megasi, SAZM, OOZM and ROZM "Daja" work on the psycho-social
support of the displaced women and children.
The expert team for damage assessment, comprising representatives
from the Ministry of Transport and Connection in association with IMG
from September 24 started conducting activities in Lipkovo, Slupcane,
Tetovo, Vejce, Lavce and Selce. Hitherto, estimations have been made of
1,660 damaged buildings, about 70% of which have first and second category
damage, 20% are from third category and 10% are fully destroyed. The prioritized
assessments are planned to be finished until the end of September, so
as to perform the preparations for the donor conference, which is to take
place on October 15 in Brussels.
UNHCR in cooperation with the European Union and other independent agencies
for aid is planning until the end of the year to reconstruct about 1,500
houses in the crisis regions. UNHCR shall repair the less damaged houses,
while the EU will repair mainly more severely damaged buildings.
Building measures of trust
On September 26 in the village Neprosteno, under the aegis of the Council
of the municipality Tearce, representaives from the Macedonian and Albanian
populace met and discussed political issues. They viewed the common creation
of conditions for the return of the IDP, their security and the future
life together in the village.
On September 26 in Skopje a delegation was present from the Ministry of
Foreign affairs of Italy, which had a meeting with the Minister for labor
and social policy, Bedredin Ibraimi. The aim of the visit is particularizing
the possibilities for directing the aid of the Italian Government to Macedonia
amounting to 4 million German marks for mitigating part of the damages
caused by the crisis.
FAO/The International Association for Food will aid the project for providing
sowing wheat and artificial fertilizer for 55 thousand persons that will
get 150 kg sowing wheat and 150 kg artificial fertilizer each. The value
of the project amounts to 2.5 million German marks. The realization of
the projects comes as a result of the estimations and analyses done on
the situations in the crises regions, made by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Germany increased the urgent aid to Macedonia to seven million German
marks. The additional two million German marks will be allocated for surmounting
the consequences from the crisis in the country. One million and 800 thousand
German marks will be remunerated at once, and they will finance concrete
measures for aiding the displaced persons and repairing the damaged houses
in the crisis regions.
Tenth meeting of the NGO humanitarian coordination.
The present informed of the activities in the past week. The Megasi representative
asked for information from the Red Cross of Macedonia about the termination
of registration of IDP after September 11 2001. On the meeting the problem
of supplying displaced pupils with books was underlined. The present assented
that the UNICEF request to local NGOs for the number of displaced children
in and from the crisis regions is belated and help is not feasible. After
the debate the following conclusions were drawn: on October 1 2001 to
hold an additional meeting, where the additional activities that the NGO
humanitarian coordination should undertake for mitigating and improving
the situation of the displaced persons; forming a coordinative body in
Tetovo from this region; to warn Milosrdie for the final time, which would
define their participation in the NGO humanitarian coordination; and to
hold a meeting where the organizations distributing humanitarian aid in
the limited access areas would be present and coordinated for appropriate
allocation of the aid.