MCIC Situation report Macedonia no. 25/2001

November 19-25, 2001

SKOPJE, November 26, 2001


Displaced persons

The Macedonian Red Cross announces the number of internally displaced persons once a month. According to the last statistics, there are total of 53,797 IDPs.

No changes in the number of refugees returning from Kosovo. According to the UNHCR, there are total of 12,000 refugees (ethnic Albanians) accommodated in Kosovo, and total of 64,000 have returned to Macedonia.

Social situation

As a result from the worsened security situation in the northwest part of the country, approximately 700 workers have lost their jobs. Almost all of them used to work in factories, restaurants and hotels located in the regions impacted by the crisis.



The El Hilal humanitarian organization distributes assistance composed of elementary food products and hygiene products to Lipkovo area - 12 tones and to the host families in Tetovo - 5 tones.

The WFP reported that 45,000 users would receive food assistance during November. InterSos and Action against Hunger cover the needs of the IDPs who are not registered by the ICRC. The ICRC continues to distribute assistance in food for the collective centers.


No new activities in this period.


The UNHCR reported that infrastructural repairs in the collective centers have been completed.

The UNDP is going to finance repairs to the heating system in one collective center.

The ICRC, UNICEF, Caritas-Germany, DRC and World Vision have distributed winter clothes for the IDPs accommodated by host-families.

On November 21-22, the MCIC have distributed construction materials for the village of Radusa. On November 23, the distribution of construction materials for 172 houses in Matejce that suffered damage of first category was completed (the distribution included window glass, lime, windows, doors and plywood.) On November 24, construction materials were distributed for the houses that suffered damage of first and second category. The distribution included total of 14 houses. The distribution included bricks, glasses, windows, doors, plywood etc.

Water-supply and sanitation

No new activities in this period.

Schools and education

Since November 19, about 700 students from the school in Aracinovo do not attend the classes. So far, the students attended the education in tents, but that became impossible due to the cold weather. The school building has not been repaired yet.

On November 20, the South East Europe University was formally opened in Tetovo. This is the first private university in Macedonia. The education will be carried out in three languages: Macedonian, Albanian and English.

The UNICEF reported on the status of the schools in the regions impacted by the crisis: out of 78 schools damaged in the conflict, 10% have been rehabilitated, 51% are being repaired, 5% can be repaired with assistance from donors and funds are needed for rehabilitation of 44% of the damaged school buildings. The UNICEF continues to distribute schoolbooks and school-sets to all accessible school buildings.

Humanitarian mine-disposal

On November 19, the mine-disposal teams started their activities along the road Slupcane-Alasavce (Kumanovo area), as well as in the tunnel on the road Orasje-Jegunovce (Tetovo area.)

The ICRC have so far organized 50 presentations for mine awareness for the citizens in the regions of crisis. Presentation was also organized in the elementary school in Ratae as well as in Jagunovce.

Protection and human rights

No new activities in this period.

Psychosocial activities

The Philology Faculty from Skopje organized a seminar for teachers, pedagogy workers, psychologists and school directors for dealing with stress situations and reduction of stress, so they could help to the children to overcome the traumatic experiences.

Safe Childhood has seven mobile teams who work in the collective centers and in the host-families.

Post-crisis rehabilitation

The European Commission will grant €12 million to Macedonia, meant for reconstruction of the infrastructure and houses damaged in the conflict. €4,5 million will be meant for reconstruction of the electricity network used by 100,000 users from Tetovo, Kumanovo and Aracinovo. These funds will be also used for reconstruction of 500 houses, which will enable to 3,500 displaced persons to return.



After the meeting with EU, IMF and U.S. representatives, held on November 22, Minister of Finance Nikola Gruevski said that the donors' conference for Macedonia would take place between December 14 and December 20. The EU, U.S. and Holland will provide the funds.

Macedonia expects to receive about €90 million from the donors' conference.

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