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January 22, 1990 | ALLISON SAMUELS
Nick H. Christ still has vivid memories of the faces of despair he saw through the electrified barbed-wire fence that separates southern Epirus in Greece from northern Epirus in Albania. "It was truly a pathetic sight," said the 62-year-old Greek immigrant who lives in Tustin. "Seeing those people enslaved sent chills up my spine. Something has to be done to stop the human suffering that is happening there."
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May 23, 1999
A roundup of events as NATO airstrikes continue in Yugoslavia: * Yugoslavia: Allied warplanes pound major cities in their heaviest day of attacks. * Kosovo: NATO blames intelligence failure for its deadly bombing of Kosovo rebel base. * Washington: Pentagon denies president's call for more troops is intended for invasion. * Venice: Scores of Italian fishermen protest unexploded NATO bombs dumped in Adriatic.
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NEWS
July 5, 1990 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Delicate negotiations were under way Wednesday with hard-line Communist authorities in Albania over the fate of about 200 desperate refugees holed up in foreign embassies, diplomatic sources said. Vague reports of progress in the four-day standoff were offset by word that the Albanian government had denied a landing permit for a West German plane loaded with food, beds and medical supplies for the asylum-seekers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1999 | ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thuy Tran knows just how scary it is for the thousands of Kosovar refugee children living in tent cities far from home. Twenty-four years ago this month, she was a 7-year-old Vietnam War refugee, separated from her parents and 12 siblings, living in a camp in the Philippines. "I remember a lot of confusion and being really hungry," she said. "That and the feeling of not knowing what was going to happen tomorrow, realizing that nothing would ever be the same as yesterday."
NEWS
July 12, 1990 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six relieved refugees from Albania celebrated their first day of freedom in the West on Wednesday with pasta, chicken and American cigarettes as guests in an Italian monastery, while Italy and France readied a mercy flotilla to ferry another 3,500 Albanians from their Stalinist homeland.
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January 13, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four of six restaurants in this small village drowsing in the mountains of northern Greece close for lunch. The dry goods store is well stocked with red plastic table lamps, umbrellas in three fluorescent colors and dusty Hula Hoops. But Filiates, Greece--population 4,000--might as well be Paris, for newcomer Vassiliki Dalani. Life tastes sweet here. "I had an apple at lunch," the 35-year-old farm worker marveled.
NEWS
July 8, 1990 | From Reuters
Albania fired its hard-line interior minister in a Communist Party shake-up Saturday and reiterated that nearly 5,000 refugees packed into foreign embassies in Tirana could leave the country. With the Balkan state's 45-year-old Stalinist leadership rocked by unprecedented public dissent, a crisis session of the party Central Committee ended in what looked like a victory for reformers.
NEWS
April 22, 1999 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Relief workers keep coming by the wooden wagon that Emine Ulluri shares with 18 relatives, pulling back the plastic tarp slung over the top and surveying the twisted mass of bodies inside. Alarmed by what they see, the authorities encourage the young woman to move her family out of this crowded border city near the Yugoslav province of Kosovo and on to safer, more spacious places farther south.
NEWS
May 5, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
A boat loaded with more than 1,000 Albanians docked in southern Italy despite an Italian coast guard cutter's efforts to turn it away. Coast guard officials said the Albanians would be taken to temporary quarters. The government has said those without a legitimate reason to seek asylum would be ordered home. A multinational force was sent to Albania last month after rioting over failed investment schemes.
NEWS
December 29, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nearly 600 Albanians have braved machine-gun fire and waded through heavy snow and icy waters so far this month to flee to Greece, police said. The refugees, mostly ethnic Greeks from southern Albania, are fleeing the Communist country that was long Eastern Europe's most repressed and isolated state but which is due to hold multi-party elections in February.
NEWS
May 16, 1999 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hot showers, flush toilets and three square meals a day make the United Arab Emirates camp here a veritable five-star resort for bedraggled Kosovo refugees, but the $3-million oasis may nevertheless be forced to fold its tents and move elsewhere. Pressure has been applied to those giving and getting refuge here to relocate from this tense border region, where more than 100,000 Kosovars have amassed after escaping the hostility and gunfire in their homeland.
NEWS
April 22, 1999 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Relief workers keep coming by the wooden wagon that Emine Ulluri shares with 18 relatives, pulling back the plastic tarp slung over the top and surveying the twisted mass of bodies inside. Alarmed by what they see, the authorities encourage the young woman to move her family out of this crowded border city near the Yugoslav province of Kosovo and on to safer, more spacious places farther south.
NEWS
April 20, 1999 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It easily could have been another frightful image from a conflict that already has produced so much despair: 32 ethnic Albanian children marching through a muddy field with their hands up, as if they were surrendering. But then the man leading the children Monday started walking duck-footed. A few steps later, he was pigeon-toed. He flapped his arms. He spun around madly. And everything he did, the children--roaring with laughter--did behind him.
NEWS
September 8, 1998 | Reuters
The government said Monday that it is planning to move thousands of Kosovo refugees from poor areas in the north of the country in preparation for the onset of winter and the threat of a new influx of displaced people. Deputy Prime Minister Bashkim Fino said the government will move some of the refugees from northeastern Albania to areas where they can be provided with better shelter and care.
NEWS
May 5, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
A boat loaded with more than 1,000 Albanians docked in southern Italy despite an Italian coast guard cutter's efforts to turn it away. Coast guard officials said the Albanians would be taken to temporary quarters. The government has said those without a legitimate reason to seek asylum would be ordered home. A multinational force was sent to Albania last month after rioting over failed investment schemes.
NEWS
March 31, 1997 | From Associated Press
Survivors from a capsized Albanian refugee boat say an Italian warship purposely rammed their craft, killing at least four people, Albania's ambassador to Italy said Sunday. Albania's foreign minister called for an international inquiry into Friday's collision. "The Italian forces have acted arbitrarily, when they could have used many other methods to stop the boat," Foreign Minister Arjan Starova said.
NEWS
March 9, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alarmed and overwhelmed, the Italian government scrambled Friday to control and reverse an unruly influx of refugees fleeing the collapse of communism in destitute Albania. Ragged and hungry Albanians stalked the streets of the southern ferry port of Brindisi. They sought food and shelter in the nearby Adriatic cities of Bari, Otranto and Monopoli, humbling efforts by an unprepared and slow-moving bureaucracy to care for them.
NEWS
July 6, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The Albanian Foreign Ministry on Thursday promised to grant passports to the hundreds of Albanians who have sought refuge in foreign embassies in the Albania capital of Tirana in a desperate attempt to flee their Communist homeland. Hundreds of additional would-be refugees gathered outside at least 12 foreign embassies on Thursday, raising the number of asylum-seekers to about 600, diplomats said.
NEWS
March 20, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
The government sent back hundreds of Albanians it considered dangerous and declared a state of emergency that allows immediate expulsion of refugees deemed undesirable. The decree was the government's first comprehensive response to the crisis in Albania, which brought more than 10,600 refugees to Italian shores. It also called for inspections of boats carrying would-be refugees, the seizure of vessels that do arrive and the granting of temporary visas.
NEWS
March 17, 1997 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the boat she so desperately awaits finally arrives, Valentina Koci will grab her two young daughters and make a mad dash toward the sea. "It is so dangerous," Koci conceded, "but we are dead here. If we stay, we are dead." Koci and thousands of other Albanians were camped out Sunday in this shabby port, hoping to board speedboats, ferries and fishing vessels to escape a country torn by anarchy, political violence and economic disaster.
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