Payson Relief Organization Aiding Kosovo Refugees

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World/Aid has announced its latest relief project focused on assisting the Kosovo refugees in the war-torn Balkans.

Earlier this week, the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission on Refugees) estimated more than 430,000 refugees have fled Kosovo since March 24.

World/Aid Executive Director Randy Roberson of Payson said, "We have been monitoring the refugee situations in Albania, Montenegro and Macedonia over the past few weeks and have key missionary and other contacts currently on-scene." The stories and E-mail coming out of the region are nothing short of heartbreaking, Roberson said.

"We have reports of hundreds of decapitated human heads found together along the side of a road, women and girls being raped, and senior citizens being shot in the head for refusing to leave their homes," he said.

World/Aid will work to provide assistance to the refugees with their focus on food, medical and spiritual needs. More than 37,000 Kosovars have arrived in Montenegro, 120,000 in Macedonia and 262,000 have crossed the borders into Albania.

With more than 40 years of experience, World/Aid Board Chairman Dr. Larry Ward, along with Director Roberson, will oversee relief operations for the Payson-based international organization.

World/Aid is currently soliciting contributions for their project in the Balkans. All relief organizations are currently seeking monetary contributions rather than material goods, as shipping costs and timing slow the relief efforts.

"The greatest aspect of helping World/Aid help the refugees, is that the monies donated are used directly on that project. In addition, church, civic or neighborhood groups will enjoy updates from field, with pictures, stories and an accounting of how their contributions were utilized," Roberson said.

People wanting more information about how they can help are asked to call the World/Aid information line at 472-8838. Contributions can be mailed directly to World/Aid, P.O. Box 393, Payson, AZ 85547.

Contributions can be made at Wells Fargo's main branch office in Payson, where an account has been set up for Kosovo relief.

World/Aid is a non-profit 501(c)(3) agency and all contributions are tax deductible.

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