Caritas Australia has sent $400,000 to Caritas organisations operating on the ground, for refugee relief assistance in Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro.
    The situation in the refugee camps in Macedonia is improving slowly. The US Caritas affiliate Catholic Relief Services (CRS), has taken over the running of the camp at Brazda initially set up by NATO. NATO trucks are distributing food to all camps. Kitchens are being built and sanitation, which will quickly become a problem, is being addressed.
    A Caritas partner working in the refugee camps in Macedonia reported that exhausted Kosovar refugees arrive daily, either alone or in groups.
    "Desperate, cut off from their loved ones, who remain in Kosovo or have fled to other countries, their only wish is to contact their families to let them know that they are alive."
    Without any other means of communication available in the camps, Caritas has provided mobile phones so the refugees can talk to their families.
    "There are so many refugees to register, that each family only has three minutes to recount their journey through hell, the fear they experienced and their happiness to find themselves alive. Three minutes to talk about building the future, 180 seconds, so little for all they have lost," the Caritas worker said.
    Donations for Caritas' Kosovo Relief may be directed through Caritas Australia - Tel. 1800 024-413, or mailed to GPO Box 9839 in your capital city.

3:20pm 27/4/99 / Caritas


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