The people most at risk in Kosovo throughout
the long emergency were the internally displaced.
Whereas the 900,000 ethnic Albanians
forced out of Kosovo received protection and assistance from the international
community, those forcibly displaced inside basically remained unaided and
unprotected. Between 24 March, when NATO airstrikes began, and 20 June,
when Yugoslav forces withdrew, an estimated 400,000 to 500,000 people became
uprooted within Kosovo.
Assault and displacement
Unlike in other emergencies, most of