Tuesday, November 9, 2010
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION
FINAL CALL FOR SIGNATURES
Dear Colleagues & Supporters
We are writing to alert you that we intend to finalise our petition to President Obama and submit it to him at the end of this week.
Before we do so, could you please make a last concerted effort over the next few days to achieve a few more signatures?
The current situation is that although 50 of the families have been rehoused and Cesmin Lug camp closed, none of the affected children who were resettled in the south have so far been tested for their lead levels, or received any medical treatment, nutritional support, or mental stimulation as advised by the World Health Organisation who, like KMEG and KRRF are calling for an immediate evacuation. Furthermore, Cesmin Lug site was left unfenced permitting access for children to extract over 100m of electrical cable to sell for food.
Approximately 79 families are still living in Osterode Camp, the second toxic site and one where the UK government-funded Fluvio team from Aberystwyth University discovered lead dust deposits an order of magnitude greater than those at Cesmin Lug.
A number of these Osterode families are categorised as high-risk families who cannot return to the south for security reasons. Even so, when offered land in the north last week, they were confronted by an Albanian who said they would not be allowed to build and that their photographs were being recorded on mobile phones. They became frightened and turned down the offer. As a result, these families will have to remain in Osterode camp for the forseable future unless an evacuation is arranged.
The salaries of the Albanian government-funded Osterode Camp administrators from Kosovo Agency for Advocacy and Development (KAAD) have not been paid for several months, so the camp is now un-managed.
The condition of Ergin Salihi, the featured nine year old who was among those resettled in Roma mahalla last month has deteriorated somewhat. His face is noticeably bloated and his supplementary diet consisting of fruit, vegeables milk etc has been stopped.
Thanks for your support
Bernard Sullivan & Paul Polansky
on behalf of
Kosovo Medical Emergency Group and Kosovo Roma Refugee Foundation
"SAVE LEAD-POISONED CHILDREN OF KOSOVO"
Please Sign This Petition
Posted by Morgan at 11:19 AM