"...Humanitarian disaster in the making will become a full-scale catastrophe...".
Sadako Ogata The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
"...I am just warning the international community that there is no
possibility on pure humanitarian grounds to overcome winter for all this population if there is no political solution..."
European Community Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs Emma Bonino
"... Children are already dying from dysentery and dehydration...".
United Nations official in Kosova
"There are many, many tens of thousands of people who have been
dislocated from their homes, but somewhere between 50 (thousand) and
100,000 -- it's hard for us to know for sure -- are above the -- I want to say Šabove the tree line' -- at least at very high levels in the mountains, which means it will get colder there much more quickly than in the rest of the country. Winter is coming on; you could have a major humanitarian disaster."
US President Bill Clinton warned of a "humanitarian disaster" in Kosova.
"There is substantial evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity and violations of international humanitarian law...subject to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia." John Shattuck, US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy,
Human Rights and Labor, Belgrade, 9/7/98
"This is a political and military crisis, whose most visible symptoms are humanitarian. There should be no doubt that this is a war against civilians for political purposes...If we can provide a cease-fire and a pull-out of Serbian police and Yugoslav army forces...Only under conditions where civilians are not under attack can Serb and Albanian political leaders engage in negotiations and achieve a permanent and lasting peace based on democratic institutions.
Former US Senator Robert Dole, Belgrade, 9/7/98
"...In Kosova, thousands of Albanians are being ethnically cleansed by Serbian troops, and the administration seems paralyzed."
US Senator John McCain, Republican response to President Clinton's radio address, 8/22/98
"Winter in Kosova can start as early as mid-October while maybe more than 100,000 people are still seeking refuge in the forests and mountains and a humanitarian catastrophe looms."
German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, interview with ADTV, 8/23/98
The diseases are particularly striking the young children, because of the catastrophic living conditions.
Washington Post : "...A great shortage of food, medicine and hygienic items...".
"Humanitarian action must once again, as happened in Bosnia for four years, not become a substitute for political action..."
Assistant United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Soren Jessen-Petersen