February 4 - February 10, 2002
SKOPJE, February 11th, 2002
According to the UNHCR, there are 12,000 refugees in Kosovo, while so far 64,000 have returned to Macedonia.
On February 8, the humanitarian organization El Hilal distributed 15t. of food and hygiene products for the people in the village of Orizare in the Kumanovo area.
The ambulance in Lipkovo is being reconstructed with funhds donated by ECHO and Solidarite.
The Catholic Relief Service is repairing the new parts of the ambulance in Radusa. A medic from the Gjorce Petrov medical center twice a week pays a visit to Radusa.
The IRC continues to provide primary medical care to the IDPs in Kumanovo and Aracinovo. Approximately 70 patients are received every day.
Last week, the UNHCR carried out distribution of firewood for the population in the crisis regions, as well as for the diplaced persons from Tanusevci who are accommodated by host-families. The UNHCR distributed 160 m3 of firewood in Orizare, 174 m3 in Ropaljce, 274 m3 in Grusino and 122 m3 for the villagers of Tanusevci. Total of 365 families received assistance in firewood.
The European Perspective, with donation from the Greek Ministry of Interior, completed the two started projects; one for distribution of building materials for 94 families throughout the country and the other for distribution of building materials for 11 families from Aracinovo.
So far, the European Perspective, with donation from the European Agency
for Reconstruction, carried out social assessment on 600 houses and
technical assessment on 180 houses. Few days ago, the distribution of
building materials for the houses that suffered damage of first, second
and third category in the village of Aracinovo has also started.
The activities of the European Agency for Reconstruction in Kumanovo are focused on possible realization of a water supply scheme.
The Spanish organization MPDL started last week a distribution of animal feed in grain and soya to the crisis regions. The procedure for completion of the lists of users developed by the Ministry of Agriculture and FAO is ongoing.
So far, the lists for Lipkovo and other villages in the Kumanovo area have been completed, where distribution of 400 t. of animal feed is undergoing. Each family will receive 25 kg, of soya and 200 kg, of corn grain.
Schools and education
The UNICEF is carrying out distribution of school sets for the students in the crisis regions as well as for the students - IDPs accommodated in the collective centers and in host-families. School books were distributed to 28,000 students, and 24,000 received school bags and school materials.
The CRS completed the rehabilitation of the schools in Lopate the school "May 25" in Skopje.
The school in Brest was cleaned from mines and other unexploded devices, however the building was severely damaged in the conflict. At this moment, 24 students live in Brest.
No new activities in this period.
Humanitarian Mine Disposal
The priority list for demining and search for possible mine fields will be developed by the government. Macedonian representatives will be sent to Slovenia to attend a mine disposal course.
The Mine disposal office in cooperation with ICRC plans to gather information in the populated border areas near Debar and Gostivar.
On February 4, President Trajkovski met with the EBRD president Jean Limier, whereat he stressed that the European Bank for reconstruction and Development will continue supporting Macedonia, and the realization of projects financed by this institution would continue with the same tempo.
On February 6 in Washington, president Trajkovski met with the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development Andrew Natzios. President Trajkovski pointed out the need from adequate support from the Agency for the implementation of the Framework Agreement and for the Law for local self-government, as well as for providing technical assistance for the process of decentralization and for the reforms in the local self-government.
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