It is time to put matters right, to recognise and rectify our errors of both the past and present, and provide these few families shelter, where their lives and long term health can be reconstructed. Due to their present location and the ongoing organ damage afflicting their children today, they must be taken to a place of safety, with good health provision and opportunity.
Below we see the key players in the tragedy, and the broken promises made. Here are those that failed in their duty to protect.
NATO forces were present in 1999 when this ethnic minority's long-established community of 1000 homes was destroyed. These forces passively stood by saying it was the job of local police to mount protection while knowing the local police had long ago fled.
THE UNITED NATIONS
And its agencies - UNMIK, UNHCR, UNHCHR and WHO - have the duty to protect the vulnerable. Yet in spite of advice to the contrary from some of their own experts, and its own Convention on the Rights of the Child, UN agencies placed these people in harm's way on the most toxic site in Europe. The most senior representatives promised to take them to safety after 45 days, but failed to do so. Inadequate aid, lack of medical care, perpetration of misleading information implying the victims are in some way guilty typify the public acclamations of many of these UN agencies.
EU countries have sent many representatives to Kosovo. Many countries now support its Kosovo's declaration of independence and wish Kosovo to succeed. EULEX is responsible for the rule of law throughout Kosovo. Many countries within the EU pride themselves on their human rights policies. Yet, not one offers to harbour the forgotten human beings of Kosovo.
In 1999 when the NATO alliance declared its moral obligation to defend the vulnerable of Kosovo, it was politically expedient to widely ignore another oppression that was being perpetrated by some of those whom NATO was defending. The media was effectively silent then, and largely so it remains today.
This is yet another case in Europe where ethnic cleansing occured under the gaze of those whose task was to protect the vulnerable.
THE RAE FAMILIES OF KOSOVO - A UNIQUE CASE
The situation of the displaced Roma, Ashkali & Kosovo-Egyptians (RAE) is UNIQUE. It is NOT just another case of displaced people left in camps years after a conflict. These are not only displaced, but their displacement happened while western nations, whose duty it was to protect them, stood by. Inactive at the scene, those nations subsequently placed them in a dangerously toxic environment, and for years thereafter effectively ignored their plight. Now damaged both physically and mentally, their children who are especially vulnerable to toxins absorbed by their vital organs, require evacuation immediately. This is Europe's greatest health emergency for children, and for those reasons their situation is unique, their need is paramount, and action to save them should be immediate.
A Joint Presentation By
THE KOSOVO MEDICAL
Toxic Waste Poisoned Children of Mitrovica, Kosovo
The Fundamental Human Rights of an Ethnic Minority Abused, as the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights is flouted by its Custodians