War in the Balkans: Flood of Kosovo Albanians continues

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THE FLOOD of those seeking refuge from Serbian atrocities in Kosovo continues. More than 600,000 Kosovo Albanians have fled their homes and on Tuesday, more than 5,000 refugees arrived in Macedonia and 2,000 in Albania.

The most pressing problem is the health and sanitation situation, which is quickly deteriorating, leading to fears of epidemics in the camps.

Independent readers have already donated more than pounds 750,000. The British aid organisations at the forefront of the international relief operation say they need a massive injection of funds to alleviate the refugees' plight and to implement a full vaccination campaign.

The Disasters Emergency Committee has organised a co-ordinated appeal to ensure your money quickly goes to help those who need it most. This appeal has so far raised a total of pounds 25m but more is needed.

To make a donation: Send a cheque or postal order payable to Kosovo Appeal to the Disasters Emergency Committee, to PO Box 2710, London W1A 5AD. Or you can call 0990 222233 to make a credit card donation.