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MSF in Serbia & Montenegro, 2003
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Over the last year, MSF has worked to improve the living conditions of displaced people in Serbia and Montenegro and help them gain recognition for their status. On a pilot basis, MSF has sought alternatives to resettling some 32,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), assisting families in the district of Pcinja to rehabilitate and pay for shelter and obtain legal status to settle in Serbia or another country. This relocation project finished in December 2002.
In June 2003, a psychosocial program began aid to victims of the Kosovo war. These IDPs live in appalling conditions inside Serbia but are too fearful to return to Kosovo. Two mobile teams reach out to some 2,500 IDPs in and around Vranje; advocacy for a permanent solution to their status is carried out at the national level. In the same area, MSF until recently assisted the most vulnerable local families with small-scale rehabilitation and psychosocial support.