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Albanian Americans rally to Kosovo relief effort

Albanian Americans
Albanian Americans donate money to help support the refugees of Kosovo

CNN's Cynthia Tornquist looks at fund-raising efforts by Albanian Americans worried about their friends and family in Kosovo (April 4)
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April 4, 1999
Web posted at: 7:43 p.m. EDT (2343 GMT)

From Correspondent Cynthia Tornquist

NEW YORK (CNN) -- As ethnic Albanian refugees continue to flood out of Kosovo, Albanians in the United States are gathering money and supplies to send to their friends and families who are now without homes.

At Our Lady of Shkodra Roman Catholic Church in Hartsdale, New York, raising money for the refugees has become a priority. The congregation is almost entirely Albanian, and one-fourth of its parishioners hail from Kosovo.

"A lot of them, they don't know where their relatives are located at this point and are extremely nervous," said Father Peter Popaj, a priest at the church.

Members of the Democratic League of Kosovo -- an organization representing some 200,000 people of Albanian ancestry in the Northeast -- have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the relief effort.

Marjan Cubi, president of the league, says interest in helping the Kosovars has been high -- and some people have told him that "if necessary, they would like to go to fight."

Besa Bauta is fighting in her own way. The 25-year-old has put graduate school on hold to help with the relief efforts.

"We have to mobilize and collect these medicines and send them over there because these kids are dying," she said. "And that's the most frustrating part, because they're not getting it in the time they need."

Since the Kosovo crisis began, activist Shqipe Malushi has been working the phones around the clock. She heads a group of Albanian women who are organizing a fund-raiser in New York on Monday night. Celebrities Vanessa Redgrave and Rosie Perez have been invited to read e-mail written by Kosovars.

"This is it -- either we will make it or we will die as a nation," Malushi said.

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Extensive list of Kosovo-related sites
  • Kosovo

  • Federal Republic of Yugoslavia official site
      • Kesovo and Metohija facts
  • Serbia Ministry of Information
  • Serbia Now! News

  • Kosova Crisis Center
  • Kosova Liberation Peace Movement
  • Kosovo - from

  • NATO official site
  • BosniaLINK - U.S. Dept. of Defense
  • U.S. Navy images from Operation Allied Force
  • U.K. Ministry of Defence - Kosovo news
  • U.K. Royal Air Force - Kosovo news
  • Jane's Defence - Kosovo Crisis

  • World Vision
  • CARE: The Kosovo Crisis
  • InterAction
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Kosovo Humanitarian Disaster Forces Hundreds of Thousands from their Homes
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Kosovo Relief
  • ReliefWeb: Home page

  • Independent Yugoslav radio stations B92
  • Institute for War and Peace Reporting
  • United States Information Agency - Kosovo Crisis

  • Expanded list of related sites on Kosovo
  • 1997 view of Kosovo from space - Eurimage
  • Prayers for Peace
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