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
Christian Aid has warned that unless the European Union takes greater action in response to the scale of the refugee crisis more people will risk their lives in order to leave Greece, where some 40,000 people are currently stranded.
The warning comes just days before an EU meeting with Turkey, which is set to finalise a series of proposals including the resettlement of one Syrian refugee in Europe for every Syrian returned to Turkey from the Greek islands.
European leaders meeting today in Brussels are considering closing the Balkan route being used by refugees to enter and travel through the EU, in a move Christian Aid warns could be inhumane.
“We fear that this step will worsen still further the suffering of many thousands of people who are already desperate.” said Jenny Brown, Christian Aid’s Senior EU Relations Advisor.
Over 30,000 refugee men, women and children are already trapped in Greece – at least 14,000 at the border with Macedonia - and thousands more arrive every day.
With thousands of people once again stuck at the Serbia-Croatian border overnight in harsh weather conditions, Christian Aid partner Philanthropy is scaling up its response to meet the growing humanitarian needs.
Since Hungary shut its borders with Serbia last month and with Croatia last weekend, increasing numbers of refugees have been forced to change their route to travel through Serbia and Croatia.
This complex and fascinating region includes:
By Saso Klekovski, Executive Director of Christian Aid partner MCIC (Macedonian Center for International Cooperation). MCIC is affiliated to the World Council of Churches.
"Peace and stability are the responsibility of all citizens, not just political parties", says Saso Klekovski, director of Christian Aid partner the Macedonian Centre for International Co-operation. Macedonia's stability is currently threatened by Albanian rebels who say they are calling for more rights for the country's Albanian minority. Macedonia has called the rebels separatists, who want to unite with mainly-Albanian Kosovo.
Christian Aid's Area Co-ordinator for Glasgow and Strathclyde, Eildon Dyer, has returned from Macedonia where she met Kosovar refugees living in the transit camps of Bojene and Stenkovic.
Since the beginning of April Christian Aid has approved grants worth over £400,000 to support our partners who are responding to the emergency situation in the Balkans. In addition we have raised over £685,000 from our backdonors (DFID, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and the States of Jersey). Our partners are working with refugees, internally displaced people and the host communities who have received them in Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro.
1) The failure of peace talks in Rambouillet, France, between an International Contact Group of six nations, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) and representatives of the Albanian population of Kosovo has created two tragic outcomes. The launching of an air offensive on military targets in FRY by NATO states on 24 March 1999 and the dramatic escalation of actions by Yugoslav security forces to brutally drive out the Kosovar Albanian population from their country permanently.
More than half the Albanian population of Kosovo has fled from the region, with the UNHCR reporting figures approaching one million refugees over the past year. In the past two weeks alone, 430,000 Kosovo Albanians (Kosovars) have flooded into neighbouring countries, including 262,000 to Albania, 120,000 to Macedonia and 36,700 to the Yugoslav Republic of Montenegro.
Sixty-five thousand refugees have been cut off from vital humanitarian assistance because of NATO s military strikes, reports Christian Aid s partner in Kosovo, the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).