MCIC Situation report Macedonia no. 26/2001

December 10 -16, 2001

SKOPJE, December 17th, 2001


Displaced persons

The Macedonian Red Cross announces the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) once a month.
According to the last re-registration, there are total of 10,823 IDPs accommodated in host-families and 3,166 are accommodated in collective centers. This is the total number of IDPs who have registration lists from the Red Cross.

No changes in the number of refugees who return from Kosovo.
According to the UNHCR data, 12,000 refugees (ethnic Albanians) are accommodated in Kosovo. So far, total of 64,000 have returned to Macedonia.



On December 10, the El Hilal branch office from Struga distributed 35 tons of food and clothes to the citizens of Lipkovo municipality.

The humanitarian organization Mother Theresa from Struga donated 22 tons of food to the Lipkovo municipality, which will be distributed in the villages from this region of crisis.

The ICRC continue with distribution of food for the displaced persons accommodated in collective centers.


No new activities in this period.


Most of the activities for reconstruction of the damaged buildings have been completed. 43% of the projects financed by the German Government and OFDA have been completed, as well as 70% of those financed by the Danish Government, and 89% of the projects financed by the UNHCR. The project of the EAR/European Agency for Reconstruction, carried out though Movimondo, is 40% complete.

The German humanitarian organization "Caritas" distributed winter clothes and footwear for the IDPs accommodated in the collective centers Negorski Banji and Star Dojran, as well as for the IDPs accommodated by host-families. This project includes total of 250 persons.
On December 10 and December 12, the UNHCR distributed firewood for 200 households from the village of Slupcane. On December 11, the UNHCR distributed firewood for 100 households from Vaksince and on December 13 for 115 households from Matejce and 40 from Lojane.

Solidarite distributed 50 returnee kits, provided by UNHCR, to the returnees to the village of Gosince.

The UNDP financed the repair of the heating systems in the collective centers Dolno Konjare, Olympic Village and Ranka Milanovic.

Swiss Disaster Relief completed the project Cash for Shelter, providing finances for 3,120 users who accommodated IDPs. 1,611 households received per 6,600 denars and 1,509 received per 8,800 denars for three or four months retroactively.

Water-supply and sanitation

No new activities in this period.

Schools and education

Education in the elementary school in Nikustak is taking place in two containers.

Reconstruction of the new school in Aracinovo will not start before spring 2002.

Humanitarian mine disposal

The Intersos has inspected 327 houses in Opae and Matejce for leftover explosive devices.

Protection and human rights

No new activities in this period.

Psychosocial activities

The American Refugee Committee, through the Organization of Women in Skopje and Organization of Women in Stip, is working on the project "Psychosocial Support to Internally Displaced Persons." The project is to be completed by the end of December.

Post-crisis rehabilitation

The UNHCR established new bus-line on relation Tetovo-Lisec.


The first project from the trust-building program in the municipalities impacted by the crisis, led by the Center for Interethnic Tolerance and Refugees from Skopje, will be realized in Aracinovo municipality, including 80-100 young persons from different ethnic groups.



The Peoples' Republic of China has granted non-refundable financial assistance to Macedonia in amount of DM 13 million.

According to the councilor of the Special EU Envoy for Macedonia, Clarisse Pasztory, the Donors' conference for Macedonia is not going to take place this year because the obligations has not been fulfilled from the Macedonian side.

The World Bank approved a credit of US$ 15 million to Macedonia meant for urgent economic reconstruction of the country. The credit-line is under IDA conditions with 20 years reimbursement period, grace period of 10 years and with no interest rate, with provision of 0,74%.

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