Monday, April 12, 1999 Published at 23:14 GMT 00:14 UK
The great scattering of refugees
In one camp alone more than 100 children are missing their parents
By BBC Correspondent Fergal Keane
Every daylight hour, the great scattering continues.
Many of those queuing up to leave have been separated from their loved ones. Thousands of families have been split up.
Children have become lost in the chaotic flight out of Kosovo.
At the tracing centre for missing persons they are starting a process to try and reunite some families.
The British charity Save The Children help to run the centre.
Experienced aid workers are shocked at what they have encountered.
Christine Gale says: "It is very difficult to see the human suffering and the misery and the feelings of humiliation."
One three-year-old boy has no idea where his parents are.
"He's been here since the first day," said Ms Gale, "and now we have taken all the details of his parents and are trying to trace them."
He is being looked after by a distant relative.
"He was lost when he was put on the train by the police. He is very worried. He misses his mother and father a great deal," said the relative.
Just as aid workers registered one group of refugees, another arrived.
It is not known how many of these people have been separated from their loved ones. This is a human tragedy on a vast scale.
With expulsions like these continuing, there will be no let-up in the problem of separated families and lost children.
Aid agencies say it could be months, or longer before many of these people are reunited with their loved ones.