Situation report Macedonia no. 18/2001
October 1-7, 2001
Skopje, October 8th, 2001
The number of IDP drastically reduced.
According to the MRC, there are 44,531 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP).
3,547 of them are sheltered in the collective centers.
The Turkish Red Crescent Society, in cooperation with ICRC and the Macedonian
Red Cross, donated 25,000 US dollars worth of food products for 1000 families
displaced from the crisis regions.
El Hilal distributed approximately 70 tons of food and hygiene products
for the villages of Vaksince, Matejce, Orizare, Vistica, Brodec, Selce
and the Cair town district.
Natyra distributed 2 tons of flour for the people of Vaksince.
WFP evaluates the nutritive needs for the affected population (IDP in
the collective centers, IDP in host families, people who have returned,
as well as people which stayed ceaselessly in the crisis regions).
On October 3, the Ministry for Health and the World Health Organization/WHO,
organized a workshop for a rapid assessment of medicine centers and health
centers in the conflict areas. This assessment takes place in the area
of Tetovo, Skopje and Kumanovo. Approximately 13 teams should evaluate
98 objects. A team from the Kumanovo Medicine center, logistically supported
by the MCIC, evaluated the Lipkovo-area villages (Nikustak, Lipkovo, Slupcane,Matejce,
Otlja and Lojane).
The American Red Cross is conducting a health education programmer for
the IDPs in the collective centers and the host families in Skopje and
On October 3, within the Transport and Liasons Ministry, the Committee
for reparation and reconstruction was formed. It comprises representatives
of the Transport and Liaisons Ministry, European Union, the US embassy,
UNHCR, IMG as well as the agencies which will carry out the activities,
such as: MCIC, IRC, SNI, Mercy Corps and Movimondo.
The areas in which the agencies for object reparations in the Tetovo,
Kumanovo and Skopje regions will operate is generally allocated.
UNHCR is ready to start the distribution of construction materials for
house reparations via its supplying partners: IRC, MCIC, SNI, and Mercy
Corps. UNHCR has set up a construction materials warehouse in Kumanovo.
On October 4, the European Commisioner for Foreign Affairs Chris Patten
signed an agreement with Children's Aid Direct for reconstruction of the
damaged houses in the crisis regions in Macedonia. This programm will
encompass approximately one thousand damaged houses in Aracinovo, Tetovo
Water-supply and sanitation
There are no recent such activities in this period.
Schools and education
On October 3, the Albanian students of "Goce Delcev" high school
in Kumanovo interrupted the classes once more. The Albanian newspaper,
"Fakti", says that they interrupted classes because there was
no transport provided for the students of the Lipkovo region, and they
wanted to have the classes in the same building. On October 4, the Macedonian
students interrupted the classes and demanded a separate entrance to be
made for the Albanian students.
UNICEF completed the distribution of school materials and books, with
which 26,500 children were helped.
UNICEF proceeds with quick evaluation of the damage of schools, and managed
to allocate 14 schools in need of renovation. This help has been distributed
to the ECHO/Solidarites, CRS, World Vision and MCIC.
ICRC is carrying out the mine and not-exploded explosives hazard information
campaign in the crisis regions, the collective centers and the host families,
which accommodate IDPs.
Protection and human rights
There are no recent such activities in this period.
UNICEF, in collaboration with Nansen Centre and the local NGO, Multi-kultura,
has established a family center in Tetovo.
The European Union and the Macedonian Power Company signed an agreement
for a donation of 10,5 million Euros, which will be utilized in order
to restore the electro-energetic infrastructure, which was damaged because
of the military action in the crisis regions.
After the departure from Macedonia, Havier Solana and Chris Patten were
disappointed with the progress in Constitution amendments and declare
that the donor conference for Macedonia will be not held on October 15.
The conference probably will be held later or next year.
Eleventh meeting of the NGO humanitarian
At the meeting, the participants delivered reports for their activities
in the past week. The representative of Organization of organization of
women in Macedonia emphasized the inappropriate conditions of living of
the newly born babies and their mothers. The representative of Mesecina
pointed that the cooperation among the domestic and international organizations
and the flow of informations. Another problem is the neglecting of the
inhabitants of the Tetovo suburbs, Koltuk, Drenovec and Potok where food
and hygienic parcels aid is necessary, as well as aid for the villages
in Gorna Reka. The representative of Natyra said that people in the Lipkovo
region return to their homes. Proposals from this meeting: The Coordination
Body for Crisis Management to organize convoy for the displaced people
from the region of Gorna Reka, and the NGO Humanitarian Coordination representatives
to visit the Tetovo and Lipkovo crisis regions.
Twelvth meeting of the National Humanitarian
At the beginning of the meeting the organisations submitted reports for
their work. OCHA representative informed that UNHCR started buying wood,
winter clothes and underwear. IRC continues renewal of CCs in Kumanovo.
DFID Representative informed that funds for supporting humanitarian activities
in areas affected by the conflict were acquired. ECHO continues ditribution
of hygienic parcels via implementing partners for families that have taken
IDPs. Swiss Disaster Relief informs that implementation of the project
"Money for Shelter" will commence. This project is retroactive
and will cover all families that have taken IDPs in the period May-August