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Relocating Displaced Roma in Kosovo

A Roma woman wails as her home burns in the southern Kosovo city of Dakovica

The Swedish government has decided to donate 377,000 dollars to help move hundreds of war-displaced Roma from camps in northern Kosovo that are contaminated with lead.

The money will be used to assist the relocation of over 500 Roma, who have lived in three makeshift camps in dire conditions for more than six years. The camps are near an industrial area polluted with high lead levels.  

The houses of many Roma and other minorities were destroyed in the aftermath of the war when ethnic Albanian extremists attacked minorities, seeking revenge for killings by Serb forces. Kosovo has been run by a United Nations mission and patrolled by NATO for over six years.

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