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World - Europe

Refugees seek peace, security outside Balkans

Sarah Netanyahu, the wife of the Israeli prime minister, holds a Kosovar child in Tel Aviv

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April 12, 1999
Web posted at: 2:50 p.m. EDT (1850 GMT)

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'Thank you, Norwegian people'


TEL AVIV, Israel (CNN) -- While hundreds of thousands of Kosovo Albanians have sought refuge in camps just outside the borders of Kosovo, a few hundred more have made their way much farther from the burning Yugoslav province -- to outside countries that agreed, at least temporarily, to host some refugees.

Planes bearing about 100 ethnic Albanians each landed Monday in Israel and in Norway, where they were welcomed with open arms.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sarah, were on hand in Tel Aviv for the arrival, greeting the refugees on the eve of Israel's annual day of remembrance for the 6 million Jews exterminated in the Nazi Holocaust.

Israel, which operates a field hospital for refugees in Macedonia, agreed to take in a small number of refugees for six months. Seventeen families from the Stenkovec refugee camp answered the call to fly to Tel Aviv.

Most of the refugees will be housed in a hostel near a coastal kibbutz, and all will be given $9,000 for food and expenses.

'Thank you, Norwegian people'

Farther north, Norway has agreed to take some 6,000 Kosovo refugees. Many of the new arrivals say they chose Norway over other countries because it was the farthest place from the nightmare that was their home.

"We don't know anyone," said refugee Admir Kastrati, who came to Norway late last week. "We don't know the Norwegian language, but what we're going to say is 'Thank you, Norwegian people.'

"Right now, we have a home where it's warm. We have food, we got a little peace," he said.

Many of the displaced Kosovars vow to return home when the war is over, although aid workers say refugees often change their minds after becoming accustomed to their new environment.

And at least in Norway, they'll most likely be treated like family -- a recent survey found that 25 percent of Norwegians were willing to take a Kosovar family into their homes.

Correspondent Richard Roth and Reuters contributed to this report.

NATO vows to prevail in Yugoslavia
April 12, 1999
CARE, Australia demand release of aid worker who confessed to spying on Yugoslavia
April 12, 1999
Clinton calls military 'America at its best'
April 12, 1999
U.S.: For peace, 'key' Serb forces must leave Kosovo
April 12, 1999

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
  • 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

  • International Rescue Committee
  • Mercy International USA
  • Unicef USA
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • World Vision
  • CARE: The Kosovo Crisis
  • InterAction
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Disaster Relief from
  • 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

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