the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
- FYR Macedonia: Cold Wave - Jan 2017
- FYR Macedonia: Flash Floods - Aug 2016
- FYR Macedonia: Flash Floods and Mudslides - Aug 2015
- South-Eastern Europe: Floods - Feb 2015
- FYR Macedonia: Cold Wave - Dec 2014
- FYR Macedonia: Floods - Feb 2013
- Europe/Northern Africa: Cold Wave - Jan 2012
- Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic - Apr 2009
- The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Forest Fires - Jul 2007
- Central/Eastern Europe: Heat Wave - Jul 2007
“In the past, we have witnessed a practice that differentiates people based on their nationality. Those coming from subSaharan African countries, for instance, are typically considered ‘safe’ and are thus issued deportation orders as soon as they arrive on the EU territory. In many cases, they are not informed of their protection possibilities, and the national authorities and European agencies present, thus effectively refrain from giving them opportunities to claim asylum.
University student Rima fled war-torn Syria with her mother Fatima in January. They survived a terrifying journey across the Mediterranean before landing on the Greek island of Leros in January. “We almost sank at sea once,” she said.
Rima and her mother are among thousands of refugees from Syria, Iran, Afghanistan and other countries who are being supported by Caritas Hellas at Idomeni in northern Greece on the border of Macedonia.
Caritas Internationalis is launching an emergency appeal to provide hot meals, better hygiene and winter clothes and shoes to refugees and migrants crossing Macedonia.
The appeal for €500,000 will provide aid to the most vulnerable over a 6 month period. It’s part of emergency Caritas operations across Europe.
“Everyone has seen the images on television, yet it’s still a shock when you witness the refugee crisis firsthand,” said Cardinal Antonio Louis Tagle of Manila after a visit with Caritas to a transit camp for migrants and refugees in Idomeni on the Greek border with the FYR of Macedonia on 19 October.
By Stefan Teplan|14 September 2015
“I walked so many roads”, he says. “I crossed so many rivers. I went over so many hills and valleys. I lost my home, my belongings, literally everything.” Abdalkarim Zahra is only 26, yet he says he is “totally finished.”
“What is happening is that the pressure cooker in Syria has exploded and Europe has begun receiving shrapnel from the blast,” said Sandra Awad, who lives in Damascus where she works for Caritas Syria with those impoverished by the fighting.
The conflict in Syria has left some 16 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Half of them are children. Four million people and counting have fled the war and the country.
“It’s an experience none of us will forget,” said Eveline Manola, a social worker from Caritas Greece, who took part in a food distribution by volunteers on the Greek-Macedonia border Saturday.
“We arrived at 7 in the morning in Idomeni, a border point,” she said. “People were still sleeping, some in tents, some in sleeping bags and others in the open. The place was awful, full of rubbish.”
The makeshift camp was a scene of misery.
“People need everything,” said Evelina Manola. “Women especially must walk far to have some privacy. There are no toilets.
256 millions ont été accordés à la Macédoine par la conférence des donateurs. 184 millions d'euros sont consacrés à l'aide à la balance des paiements, 44 millions à la reconstruction dans les zones de conflit et 26 millions au financement du coût de l'accord politique, qui prévoit de nombreuses mesures pour mettre fin aux tensions interethniques.
Plus de 70 000 Albanais de Macédoine se sont réfugiés au Kosovo depuis février. Le processus s'est accentué au cours du mois de juin avec l'arrivée de 50 000 personnes. " Le flux des réfugiés a atteint des proportions préoccupantes " nous confie un membre du Secours Catholique détaché au Kosovo. Mais la solidarité entre les Albanais a permis d'éviter une grave crise humanitaire : tous ont été accueillis par des parents, des proches ou des familles d'accueil.