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Kosovo Roma Refugee Foundation

A Joint Presentation By

THE KOSOVO MEDICAL

EMERGENCY GROUP

Sick Roma child from Toxic Camps in Kosovo

Toxic Waste Poisons Children of Mitrovica, Kosovo

The Fundamental Human Rights of an Ethnic Minority Abused, as the

Universal Declaration of Human Rights is flouted by its Custodians

In October 2010, eleven years after the war and the NATO intervention in Kosovo, 160 Roma refugee families, including 200 children under ten years old, were living in two displaced persons' camps built for them by the United Nations on the most toxic waste tip in Europe.


Despite promises that they would be moved from their "temporary" accommodation on waste tailings at the Trepca mine complex within 45 days, they were left there to survive in poverty and a poisoned environment for the last eleven years.

The children have some of the highest measured levels of lead, arsenic, & cadmium in their blood ever recorded.  They show symptoms of severe neurological and physiological damage.


By April 2011, in spite of 8 million euros being allocated by USAID and the EC to relocate and medical treat the families, there are still 40 families still living in Osterode Camp. 100 families have been relocated  at Roma mahalla, their former neighbourhood.  (Another 38 families in a third contaminated camp, Leposavic/ Leposaviq, are also affected.) Onlu one child has received any medical treatment. None are receiving a nutritious diet and none given help for cognitive impairment. Such is the abuse of these children by those empowered and financed to help them.


Osterode camp is located in North Mitrovicë/Mitrovica, a city divided between Albanians on one side and Serbs on the other. These children and their families, members of the second largest ethnic minority in Kosovo, are trapped in a polluted no-man's land of ethnic conflict.


Despite warnings from international human rights organisations and agencies including the World Health Organisation and the International Committee of the Red Cross the United Nations Mission in Kosovo has failed to take any effective steps to protect the lives of these desperately vulnerable children.


THESE CHILDREN HAVE BEEN BETRAYED BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.  THE KOSOVO MEDICAL EMERGENCY GROUP AND KOSOVO ROMA REFUGEE FOUNDATION DEMAND THEIR IMMEDIATE EVACUATION AND APPROPRIATE EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT.


CHILDREN'S LIVES FOR

KOSOVO'S TOXIC CAMPS HAVE BEEN DESTROYING

EUROPE'S LARGEST-SCALE CHILDREN'S MEDICAL EMERGENCY - ROMA CHILDREN HOUSED BY THE UN ON EUROPE'S MOST TOXIC RESIDENTIAL SITE HAVE BEEN ABANDONED TO LEAD POISONING, PARALYSIS AND SLOW DEATH CAUSED BY LEAD AND MANY OTHER DANGEROUS HEAVY METALS

 

Toxic Waste Poisons Children of Kosovo

EULEX LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION INTO ILLEGAL SMELTING OPERATION IN MITROVICA - UK LAWYERS CHALLENGE UN'S REJECTION OF COMPENSATION CLAIM FOR POISONED FAMILIES - SEE "LATEST NEWS"