Montenegro: Fire in a Camp - Information Bulletin n° 01
This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Red Cross of Montenegro is seeking direct assistance to provide support to the affected people and families.
In the morning of 24 July 2012 at 5.00 AM, the refugee camp Konik, in the suburbs of Podgorica, Montenegro, caught fire, which led to the complete destruction of 150 dwellings where 800 residents of the camp had their shelters. The camp is currently hosting part of those 4,000 people of Roma origin who fled from Kosovo to Montenegro during the escalation of the Kosovo conflict in 1999.
Following the incident, all relevant authorities and organizations came to inspect the site of the disaster.
Their main concern was to provide temporary shelter for those people who lost their homes in the camp. It was agreed that a certain number of elderly inhabitants would be accommodated in a rest home for elderly people in Bijelo Polje, and several children were put up in a house for children without parental care in Bijela.
All the other camp inhabitants were given accommodation in a tent settlement at the premises of the Konik camp.