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
Filed by: Kelly Montgomery
Digital Content Producer
Right now, close to 12,000 refugees are crowded at Greece’s border with Macedonia, waiting and hoping to be allowed safe passage as they flee towards the safety and promise of northern Europe.
Recently, the route north through the Balkans was officially closed — and now, refugees who flee across the sea risk being sent back as soon as they arrive. And so families already trapped in Greece wait, with children strapped to their backs and carrying few belongings, for a second chance at a more peaceful future.
Mercy Corps Assists the Displaced, Prepares for Contingencies
As thousands of families flee fighting in Macedonia, Mercy Corps and its local partners are providing critical aid to refugees entering neighboring Kosovo.
FACING THE WINTER: RELIEF TO RECOVERY
As winter arrives in the Balkans, Mercy Corps International is providing food, shelter and healthcare to refugees and returnees, while planting the seeds for future productivity and community rebuilding.
In Albania, Mercy Corps' programs focus on food delivery and shelter rehabilitation and repair. Programs include:
Recognizing the needs of the more than 164,000 Serbs leaving Kosovo, Mercy Corps in Macedonia is working with Voskresenie (Resurrection), a local NGO assisting Serbs in Bitola.
Aid Given to the Skopje Metropolitan Diocese
Refugees May Need Winter Shelter
Remaining Refugees Transferred to New Camp
Devastation to great inside Kosovo
Some of the Senokos refugee camp residents have returned to the camp after seeing the devastation inside Kosovo. One example is a 41 year old female who returned alone to her family's village to see the condition of their home.
The devastation was so great that they decided to return to Senokos camp to wait to be evacuated to a third country.
USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance
(OFDA) is estimating that 97,600 Kosovar refugees have returned to Kosovo
from Macedonia - 15,200 in the last 24 hours.
That puts the number of refugees in Macedonia at 142,100 - approximately 64,000 in camps.
Current Camp Populations
Stenkovac II: 12,600
Field Talk: Kosovo
The USAID is Estimating that 18,000 Kosovar Refugees Have Left Macedonia for Kosovo in the Last 24 Hours.
Phase Two of Camp Will Close Tomorrow
Partnership Announced Today by First Lady Hillary Clinton
Mercy Corps International Country Director Terry Heselius and a national staff member entered Kosovo this morning with the first convoy of international aid workers.
READY FOR THE RETURN
Talk to Kosovo Relief Workers - Mercy Corps is pleased to introduce a new feature allowing web site readers to contact relief workers involved in the Kosovo refugee crisis.
Mercy Corps Selected for Food Distribution
Clear Evidence of Torture and Starvation