Situation report Macedonia no. 26/2001
November 26 - December 2, 2001
SKOPJE, December 3rd, 2001
The Macedonian Red Cross announces the number of
IDPs once a month.
According to the last report, there are total of 53,797 IDPs. The MRC
is carrying out re-registration of IDPs, so currently there is no data
for the exact IDP number.
No changes in the number of refugees who
return from Kosovo.
According to the UNHCR, there are about 12,000 refugees (ethnic Albanians)
in Kosovo, while total of 64,000 have returned to Macedonia.
According to the Employment Bureau, in October there have been total of
354,864 unemployed persons in Macedonia, of whom 36,638 use financial
assistance and 216,867 use their right to health protection. The unemployment
rate has reached up to 39,1%.
The humanitarian organization El Hilal is distributing food packages for
the displaced persons in the villages Malino, Tanusevci and Brest, 100
packages in each village, Mojance - 180, and Lavce - 200. On November
29, this organization distributed 17 tones of assistance in food (flour,
rise, salt, sugar, macaroni, eatable oil) and hygiene products at Lipkovo
The Natira organization from Kumanovo carried out a distribution of 625
kilograms of flour for 12 families in the village of Presnica and 13 families
Representatives of the WHO paid a visit to the clinic in Radusa, damaged
during the armed clashes. Director of the Gjorce Petrov policlinic is
ready to dispatch a medic twice a week. The villagers are ready to help
in the reconstruction, but they need building materials.
The American Red Cross continues with the education activities for the
IDPs accommodated in collective centers or by host-families.
The IRC teams are providing health protection for the IDPs in Kumanovo
and those who have returned to their homes in Aracinovo. Approximately
70 patients receive medical treatment a day. The IRC is also carrying
out reconstruction on the clinic in Aracinovo.
The UNDP will provide reconstruction and installation of heating systems
in five collective centers: Olympic village and Ranka Milanovic in Skopje,
dormitory in Dolno Konjare village, Kristal in Kumanovo and the collective
center in Star Dojran.
Natira from Kumanovo is carrying out distribution of 170 packages of winter
clothes for the families from Ropajce, Vistica, Slupcane, Matejce and
The Greek humanitarian non-governmental organization European Perspective,
with funds from the Greek foreign ministry, started the project "Small
repairs to the houses of the host-families." The project will be
realized in Skopje, Kumanovo, Gostivar, Prilep and Veles, involving 94
families who have accommodated IDPs. The users are ethnic Macedonians,
Albanians and Romas. Also with funds from the Greek foreign ministry,
houses damaged during the armed clashes in the village of Aracinovo near
Skopje will be also repaired. The assessment phase is ongoing. Repairs
will be carried out on total of 20 houses that suffered damage from second
and third category.
In cooperation with the Danish Refugee Committee, the El Hilal is distributing
winter clothes for the IDPs accommodated in Tetovo, as well as to the
villagers of Gajre and Drenovec. Total of 1,157 packages will be distributed.
In the period between November 27 and November 30, the MCIC realized distribution
of building materials for the houses that suffered damage from category
one and two in the village of Otlja. Total of 24,400 roof tiles, 7,920
ceramic blocks, 480 bags of cement (24,000 kilograms), 330 bags of cement
and lime (16,500 kilograms), 43 windows, 20 doors, 1,250 timber planks,
657 timber and 1,704 timber battons have been distributed. Distribution
of building materials to Radusa continues. Last week, 18,190 roof tiles,
2,230 timber planks, 65 bags of cement (3,250 kilograms), 480 ceramic
blocks, 832 m2 wooden celing and 590 m2 plastic celing have been distributed.
Around 80% of delivery was completed.
Water-supply and sanitation
No new activities in this period.
Schools and education
World Vision has completed the rehabilitation of the school in Opae.
The German KFOR contingent have completed the repairs on the schools in
Neprosteno, Vratnica and Zilce.
The Danish Red Cross carried out repairs on the school in Sipkovica.
Humanitarian mine disposal
For the needs of the Macedonian mine disposal teams, the U.S. has granted
equipment worth US$ 1,5 million to Macedonia. This equipment is sufficient
for equipping four mine disposal teams, and is composed of 19 vehicles,
communication hardware, office equipment and computers.
The six mine disposal teams, that are operational in Macedonia since the
beginning of October, have so far discovered 50 unexploded devices, most
of them grenades and mortars, as well as an anti-infantry mine and anti-tank
The mine disposal teams continue with their activities in Slupcane and
Opae, as well as along the Jazince-Tetovo railroad.
Protection and human rights
No new activities in this period.
The SOS Kumanovo will start with psychosocial activities for the citizens
of Lipkovo municipality. The psychosocial support is realized in the collective
centers in Kumanovo.
The organization "For happy family" organizes workshops for
children from different age in Tetovo and Brvenica.
The ARC launched a series of workshops for confidence building in the
regions impacted by the crisis. The ARC printed 3,500 leaflets in Macedonian
language and 2,000 in Albanian language for the IDPs.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization - FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture,
Forestry and Water-supply, the agricultural unions in Macedonia, as well
as the "Care" and "Acted" organizations have started
distribution of animal feed for 18,000 farmers from Kumanovo, Tetovo,
Gostivar, the region north of Skopje, as well as the regions impacted
by the drought. This project is worth US$ 1,3 million and is realized
with financial assistance from the Dutch and Norwegian governments.
To 1,500 families, the Care has distributed 150 kilograms of wheat seeds
and 150 kilograms of fertilizers per family in Lipkovo municipallity.
The UNHCR distributes firewood for the citizens of Neprosteno. Total of
345 cubic meters of wood have been distributed to 172 families, i.e. two
cubics per household.
In the period between November 27 and November 30, the MCIC distributed
96,700 kilograms of food for live stock for the citizens of the regions
impacted by the crisis. In the Kumanovo region, 128 bagss have been distributed
at Novo Selo, 162 at Umin Dol, 190 at Ljubodrag, 500 at Matejce and 121
at Otlja. In the Tetovo region, 63 bags have been distributed in Lesok,
127 at Neprosteno, 252 at Tearce, 77 at Prsovce, 111 at Gloge and 203
at Dobroste. Each household receives one bag of food for live stock (one
bag is 50 kilograms.)
During his stay in Brussels, President Boris Trajkovski was promised that
a Donors' conference for Macedonia would take place on December 20-21,
2001. The European Commission announces €68 million, and the World
Bank will probably provide approximately the same amount of money next