Magazine article Anglican Journal

Anglicans Aid Kosovars: NATO Action Criticized

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Anglicans Aid Kosovars: NATO Action Criticized

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The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund has responded to an appeal for emergency aid by the International Orthodox Christian Charities to help the people of Kosovo. The initial PWRDF grant of $5,000 has been increased by $15,000 in donations from Canadian Anglicans earmarked for Kosovo. The full $20,000 will be channeled through Action by Churches Together (ACT), a network of churches that responds to emergencies.

The money will provide supplementary food and hygiene supplies to the people of Kosovo, both those internally displaced and refugees who have fled to neighbouring Macedonia and Montenegro.

Even before NATO began air strikes on March 24, fighting between Serb forces and the Kosovo Liberation Army had increased. Serb ethnic cleansing activities aimed at clearing out the 90 per cent of Kosovo's population who are ethnic Albanians intensified after the bombing.

Reports received by PWRDF indicate that the conflict has caused extensive destruction and many people have been uprooted from their homes. By the end of March the United Nations estimated that nearly 340,000 people had fled Kosovo and thousands more had fled their homes but remain inside the country.

Bishop Artimije of the Raska-Pizren Diocese, and the brotherhood of monks at the Decani monastery in Kosovo, have issued calls for peaceful resolution of the Yugoslavian conflict.

The Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Michael Peers, has issued a statement expressing "horror" at the continuing ethnic strike in the former Yugoslavia. …

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