Since Monday Vatican Radio has been transmitting special programs to Albania which will also be heard in the refugee camps on the Kosovo border.
    Every night, between 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. the Holy See's broadcasting station is transmitting a 15 minute news program in Italian and Albanian, on a high-power AM frequency. This is followed by information on aid operations and the situation in the camps, through live hook-ups from the camps themselves; in addition, suggestions will be given as to the most effective and sure ways to channel aid and to identify lost persons.
    The initiative is a response to requests made by Catholic humanitarian organisations and Italian NGOs working to alleviate the sufferings of the refugees.
    'VID,' the religious news service, has received reports from religious working with the Kosovo refugees and state that it is necessary to coordinate the aid and to inform the country about the work that is being carried out by charitable organizations linked to the Catholic world. Given the above, the different refugee camps will be equipped with telephone centers which will make direct communication through the radio possible.

9:42am 4/5/99 / Zenit


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