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Wednesday, March 31, 1999 Published at 08:20 GMT 09:20 UK


World: Europe

Fleeing in fear

Coming to terms with losing a member of the family

Paul Welsh reports from makeshift refugee accommodation in Macedonia

Kosovo: Special Report
As the conflict in Yugoslavia continues so does the flood of Kosovo Albanian refugees to neighbouring countries.

More than 100,000 are estimated to have been forced from their homes since the bombing began.


Paul Welsh reports from Macedonia
In the capital of Montenegro, Skopje, 1,600 refugees arrived in just three hours on Tuesday.

Many of those who have escaped from Kosovo are now camped inside an old factory in Macedonia, and are beginning to tell their stories.

One refugee, Udin Zayer Boyopia, fled with four children. Her fifth, a three-year-old daughter, has died, the house where she was staying burned to the ground.

Terrifying ordeal

Udin Zayer's husband says he feels powerless, unable to find out anything about his child's fate.


[ image: The family came under fire as they tried to leave]
The family came under fire as they tried to leave
He can only say what happened to his village.

He said Serb forces attacked one evening, and took up intimidating positions in and around it the next day, when the families prepared to leave as ordered.

He said townspeople had been fired on as they fled, and he had been unable to reach or help his own daughter.

The extended family are now living in a small room in the factory, slowly coming to terms with their ordeal.

There is a lot of grief still to be unburdened.



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