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RedR calls up volunteer members for Kosovo

ENGINEERING CHARITY RedR is calling for members to help the humanitarian aid effort in response to the Kosovo crisis.

The charity, which runs a register of over 800 disaster relief engineers, started an emergency mobilisation programme over the Easter weekend.

Eight engineers have been deployed to work on the Kosovo border in Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro. They will work with non-governmental aid agencies Oxfam, Medecins Sans Frontieres and Tear Fund to help install water and sanitation systems in temporary refugee camps.

Tom Corsellis, a physical planning specialist from Cambridge University, is about to set off to Albania where he will help to select and establish sites for refugees with the Department for International Development.

He said aid agencies were already starting to plan for the onset of winter. 'We have grave concerns for the refugees. We don't think this conflict will be over by Christmas and the temperature can fall to -20degreesC in the mountains,' he said.

More than 600,000 people are believed to have fled, or been expelled from, Kosovo since the start of the NATO bombing three weeks ago. RedR director Bobby Lambert said the crisis in Kosovo was one of the worst ever faced by the international aid community.

RedR members are asked to fax the RedR recruitment and placement team on (0171) 222 0977 or e-mail jerome@redr.

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