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17 Dec 2015 description

VIDEO: Holy Family in Midst of Refugees

CRS turns to longer-term solutions to meet the projected needs of 300,000 transiting refugees and economic migrants across Europe

18 Sep 2015 description

Baltimore, MD, Sept. 18, 2015 – As Pope Francis prepares to visit the U.S., Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has announced it will respond to the Holy Father’s call for support for migrants in Europe by helping Caritas Germany in resettling Syrian refugees and other migrants who have entered Germany in recent months. CRS’ support will help provide accommodations, job assistance, early integration activities and volunteer training.

01 Sep 2015 description

BALTIMORE, MD, September 1, 2015 — Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is scaling up its response to the alarming crisis in the Balkans where thousands of Syrian refugees and other migrants are arriving every day in hopes of reaching the European Union (EU). CRS is working with our Church partners in Greece, Albania, Macedonia and Serbia to provide immediate assistance, including food, water, access to sanitation, medical care and legal services.

17 Aug 2001 description

In Macedonia, tens of thousands of people have left their homes and over 50,000 are scattered throughout the country. In response, CRS/Macedonia has begun distributing basic supplies to 15 collective centers in the Skopje and Kumanovo regions. To date, the following items have been sent to the displaced families in these centers:

  • Baby food
  • Diapers
  • Towels
  • Sheets
  • Soaps
  • Plastic baby tubs
  • Other hygienic and non-food items
CRS/Macedonia is working closely with the Macedonian Red Cross to help meet these families' ongoing needs.
13 Jul 2001 description

In Macedonia, tens of thousands of people have left their homes and nearly 40,000 are scattered throughout the country. Catholic Relief Services continues to operate a $2 million program, supporting education and small business projects.

06 Jul 2001 description

The small Balkan nation of Macedonia is being rocked by further violence, which is causing a deteriorating humanitarian situation in the region. Fighting between ethnic-Albanian guerillas and Macedonian security forces continues in the north of the country, but civil unrest has also spread to the country's capital, Skopje. This has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes. There are some 40,000 displaced people within Macedonia itself and more than 70,000 have crossed into Kosovo.

02 Jul 2001 description

Prizren, Kosovo, July 2, 2001- Some 75,000 ethnic Albanian refugees fleeing the conflict in the Balkan nation of Macedonia have now crossed over into Kosovo, where the majority of the population is also ethnic Albanian and where they are safe from violent uprisings between Macedonian government forces and ethnic Albanian rebels. Catholic Relief Services is stepping up its assistance to the increasing number of refugees, so for providing more than $170,000 in emergency aid. The agency has also committed another $100,000 to local charities to boost their capacity to assist the refugees and …

11 Jun 2001 description

Baltimore, June 11, 2001-With renewed fighting in Macedonia spurring a fresh influx of refugees crossing into Kosovo, Catholic Relief Services staff are working around the clock to receive and care for those who have arrived in the last 48 hours. More than 10,000 people have crossed into Kosovo since Friday-bringing the total to nearly 40,000-as fighting between ethnic Albanian rebels and Macedonia forces spreads towards the capital, Skopje.

04 Jun 2001 description

Peace is elusive in Macedonia. "It's a bit tense here. We can hear shelling outside the office and much of the staff can hear it from their homes," said Tom Price, Catholic Relief Services Regional Communications Officer for Europe. As for the people of Macedonia, "Homes that stood in the way of the fighting have been destroyed or badly damaged," said Price.

02 May 2001 description

Refugees fleeing fighting in Macedonia, had a bitter journey as they crossed into Kosovo. They came across small, sometimes snowy mountain passes on foot bringing with them the few items they could carry. They were escaping the fighting in their home country of Macedonia and trying to find safety in another land. Catholic Relief Services sent vehicles to wait for the travelers and then transported thousands of these refugees from the brutal mountains down to Prizren, Kosovo. Once in Prizren, the refugees were placed with host families, some of whom graciously accepted as many as 20 people.

10 Apr 2001 description

Fortunately, military activity has slowed significantly in Macedonia and the 40,000 refugees and displaced persons are slowly starting to return to Tetovo to rebuild their lives. However, the Kosovo province continues to host some 8,000 refugees and it may take some time for them to safely return to Macedonia.

27 Mar 2001 description

Fighting intensified over the last several days as Macedonian forces attempted to dislodge rebel forces from the Tetovo area of Macedonia. The country is waiting to see if there will be any peace talks between the Albanian rebels and the Macedonian government.

27 Mar 2001 description

Skopje, Macedonia, March 27, 2001- Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is providing aid to an increasing number of refugees in Kosovo displaced by escalating fighting in northern Macedonia. With Macedonian security forces attempting to dislodge ethnic-Albanian rebels from the Tetovo area, nearly 5,000 Macedonians have crossed over the Sar Mountains on foot, arriving in the Prizren area of Kosovo.

26 Mar 2001 description

Just two years after the world watched the region around Serbia's Kosovo province deteriorate, tensions rise again. This time the neighboring country of Macedonia suffers from conflict and refugees are fleeing to Kosovo to avoid the fighting. For weeks the Macedonian government has been trying to pacify aggressive ethnic Albanian militants operating in the areas surrounding Tetovo, Macedonia, a predominantly Albanian town close to the border with Kosovo. The militants have also been causing problems in some of the small villages north of the Macedonian capital of Skopje.

02 Jul 1999 description

Agency Increases Activities in Kosovo

16 Jun 1999 description

Catholic Relief Services is one of only four humanitarian organizations to return to Kosovo with the first wave of NATO and UN troops. As a result of early action, the agency is now in position and arranging transportation and distribution of vital food for people living around Prizren and Pristina.

11 Jun 1999 description

CONTACT: Franne Van der Keilen - (410) 625-2220, ext. 3505 - fvander@catholicrelief.org
Tom Price - (410) 625-2220, ext. 3615 - tprice@catholicrelief.org

07 Jun 1999 description

New York, June 7, 1999 -- Today, the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) David Harris and the Director of Interreligious Affairs Rabbi James Rudin presented a check for $100,000 to Cardinal John O'Connor, Archbishop of New York, who accepted AJC's donation on behalf of Catholic Relief Services. Catholic Relief Services will allocate the donation to a school reconstruction project in western Macedonia.