Leskovac, 23 December 2008 – Kosovo’s Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians who have been expelled from Kosovo and now seeking asylum in Macedonia asked the UNHCR Office in Skopje to help them secure their status.They made an appeal to the Skopje Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), asking it to alleviate the severe crisis the refugees are undergoing.

“Due to delay in financial assistance lately, our fellow-countrymen have difficulties in terms of providing money for home renting and procurement of consumer goods,” says the letter sent by Youth Committee of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians who had been expelled from Kosovo.

“We demand an urgent meeting with representatives of UNHCR Office to discuss our financial grievances, our unresolved status in Macedonia, inadequate education, insufficient and inadequate medical care, and humiliating accommodations.

Source: Makfax

Following their protests, the UNHCR paid the monthly cash assistance to the refugees.

Romano Them