Sunday, April 17, 2005

Kosovo: Camps For Displaced Roma Poisoned By Toxic Waste

Almost six years after the Kosovo war, hundreds of displaced Roma still live in what they were told would be temporary camps near the Trepca lead mines of Kosovska Mitrovica. Growing evidence shows they are being poisoned by toxic waste from the mines. So far, nobody within the complicated bureaucracies of the UN-administered province appears to be taking responsibility for the situation. RFE/RL correspondents Ron Synovitz and Arbana Vidishiqi report on a crisis with complications that span the boundaries of Kosovo's segregated ethnic Serbian and Albanian communities.


At April 17, 2005 5:48 PM, Blogger erp said...

When you say Roma, do you mean gypsies? And thank you for not using the euphemism, ethnic Albanians, for Muslims.

Can you point to a single place on earth where the U.N. did more good than harm?

At April 17, 2005 8:07 PM, Blogger Fjordman said...

"Roma" means Gypsies, yes. I just quoted what it said in the story. But it's true, they never write "Muslims", even though the religious dimension of this conflict is very important.

I can't see where the UN is very useful. But it should be mentioned that it was NATO, including the US, that bombed here, not the UN.

At April 17, 2005 9:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When it comes to vaccination, education and first aid programs it works reasonable, not perfect but reasonable.

But if someone decide to commit genocide on you don´t turn to the UN.

The 10 protected zones in Ex-Jugoslavia was a bloody joke, should never have named 10 safe zones without atleast protecting these, so is the current dealing with Sudan, and then Rwanda for christs sake. It´s not just about UN, somebody have to put their forces in and make them risk their lives, noone is really willing to do that except quite limited.

The world need a UN anti genocide squad, or rather full flown Army; airforce; force.

Thomas Bolding Hansen.

At April 17, 2005 9:38 PM, Blogger Mike V. said...

No, we do not need a U.N. army or airforce.

The last think we need is to give the corrupt buffoons at the helm of the U.N. their own military to do their bidding.


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