June 14, 1999
MSF Returns to Kosovo
MSF medical teams returned to Kosovo on Saturday, June 12, to assess the health needs after 78 days of bombing. The UNHCR has asked MSF to lead medical humanitarian activities in the northwest and southwest of Pristina, including Prizren, Metrovica, Drenica, and Pec. "Our priority is to get into the countryside as soon as possible to investigate the health condition of the Internally Displaced Populations (IDPs)", says Christopher Stokes, Head of Mission in Pristina.
Mine Awareness Campaign in Kosovo
According to KFOR troops in the province, there are five mine accidents a day in Kosovo. MSF expects this grim total to rise as refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) return to their homes. MSF staff report that many of the villagers in the central plateau around Vucitrn and Srbica have yet to return - partially for fear of mines. According to NATO, 10,000 to 20,000 mines, including cluster bombs, have been planted in Kosovo. The most heavily mined areas of Kosovo are around Pec, Gjakovica, Prizren, and the central districts.
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