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Sunday, December 11, 2016
Agency rushes aid to Macedonia
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¬†Aid agency CAFOD is sending £20,000 to partners in Macedonia today, as the number of people displaced by fighting continues to mount. The money will be used to provide food, clean water and sanitation for 35,000 internally displaced people, many of them fleeing Macedonia's second-largest city, Tetovo, where bombing took place on Thursday night. Ethnic tension has been increasing in the country for some months. This grant comes from funds the charity had already earmarked for Macedonia in case the situation escalated. A report from staff who have recently visited the country says the situation in Macedonia is not improving and the need for emergency accommodation is increasing. Appeals have been made on television for host families to take in displaced people. CAFOD's chairman, Bishop John Rawsthorne has just returned from visiting projects in the region. He said: "One of the biggest fears in Albania currently is a huge influx of refugees from Macedonia. They are on tenterhooks."
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