U.S. Humanitarian Relief Efforts
for Kosovar Albanians
Since the eruption of hostilities in Kosovo in February 1998, the
United States has been at the forefront of international efforts to
address the humanitarian needs of persons displaced within Kosovo and
refugees fleeing Kosovo:
To date, the United States has contributed an estimated $150
million to the humanitarian relief efforts for the Kosovar
This sum include the provision of $50 million announced by the
Clinton Administration on March 31:
Half of these funds ($25 million) comes from the Refugee Emergency
and Migration Account (ERMA) and will be used to support
international organizations such as the U.N. High Commissioner for
Refugees as well as nongovernmental organizations.
The other $25 million is comprised of goods and services,
including transport, shelter and logistical support, to be
provided by the Department of Defense pursuant to Section
552(c)(2) of the Foreign Assistance Act.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has sent
Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DART) to Macedonia and Albania.
These teams are evaluating needs and coordinating our humanitarian
USAID is sending to Macedonia 200 boxes of plastic sheeting
(480,000 sq. ft.), 20,000 hygiene kits and 39,000 blankets for
use in relief efforts.
USAID is also shipping 700 tents and 20,000 water jugs for use by
the refugee population in Albania.
The U.S. Government is working closely with our NATO allies to
ensure a stable and secure environment in which relief operations
can take place in both Albania and Macedonia.