The International Rescue Committee has assumed management of a refugee camp that will provide shelter for approximately 5,000 refugees in Neprosteno, outside Skopje.
Bob Turner, who heads the IRC team in Macedonia, said IRC staff members staff will undertake complete camp management, which includes water and sanitation, food, community services and registration of refugees.
"We’re arranging to supply blankets, toiletries, small houseware items and other necessities," Turner said. "Water and sanitation equipment has been moved into place."
Turner said he and his colleagues are determined to go all out to give the refugees the best living conditions possible under the circumstances. "We know what an ordeal they have all gone through, and we know what a difficult time they’re going through now. We want to give them all the help we can."
Meanwhile, IRC engineers and aid workers continue providing water and sanitation services for other refugee camps in Macedonia, which is giving sanctuary to more than 120,000 Kosovar Albanians.