Winter deals Kosovo a brutal blow
This winter came abruptly. For Kosovans facing the brutal elements of winter, time is not a luxury. IRUSA is working around the clock to turn donations into winter support. We want to ensure that the families are prepared to make it through the frigid temperatures. One of IRUSA’s most critical projects is winterization, where your support helps prepare communities to survive the biting cold. If we act now we can provide items like food, medical aid, water, blankets, mattresses, plastic sheeting, plastic mats, shoes, jackets, hats, sweatshirts, gloves, waterproof coats, and socks. Throughout this entire winter they will live in below freezing temperatures, sometimes without any source of heat. They shouldn’t have to face this winter alone.
Years of inter-ethnic violence have severely impeded the welfare of Kosovo’s people. Nearly 1 million people fled Kosovo when war broke out in 1996. When these refugees returned, they found their homes, their schools and their livelihoods destroyed, and their communities were littered with dangerous landmines. Fifty-seven percent of the workforce was unemployed in 2001.
Significant progress has been made at repairing the devastating damage caused by the war. The unemployment rate has dropped, but about 1 in 3 people still can’t find a job. The people of Kosovo continue to suffer from severe lingering poverty.
Islamic Relief has played a major role in the postwar reconstruction and rehabilitation effort in Kosovo, and has been working in the area since 1999. The Islamic Relief Kosovo office later opened in the capital city of Pristina.