|GYPSIES OF KOSOVO|
“THE GREATEST MEDICAL EMERGENCY FOR CHILDREN IN EUROPE TODAY” (The World Health Organisation)
PROGRESS REPORT ON LEAD-POISONED CHILDREN OF KOSOVO
VENUE: MEETING ROOM 6, HOUSE OF COMMONS, LONDON
DATE: 16TH MARCH 2011
TIME: 10 AM TO 11.30 AM
CHAIRED BY: Bob Walter MP, vice chairman of the parliamentary All-Party Human Rights Group.
SUBJECT: The meeting will provide a progress report on what the World Health Organisation
described as “EUROPE’S GREATEST MEDICAL EMERGENCY FOR CHILDREN TODAY”. They were referring to the plight of 150 Roma families including over 200 children under ten years of age,
caught up in the war in Kosovo, after which they were placed “temporarily” on highly toxic waste sites by UNHCR, and abandoned there for eleven years where they suffered from unprecedented levels of heavy metal poisoning. After over 80 related deaths and an intense campaign to save the children, USAID and the European Union found 11 million euros for their eventual resettlement and medical treatment. This fund is currently administered by Mercy Corps UK.
FORMAT: After the introduction by Bob Walter MP, Mr Paul Polansky – well-known human rights
campaigner for the Roma people, as well as author and poet who exposed the cover up of the WWII
Leti death camps for Roma in former Czecholsovakia, will show a short film, address the meeting
and answer any questions.