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Clamor Leads to U.S. Hot Line for Kosovar Relief Drives

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 22, 1999 – A toll-free federal telephone hot line, 1-800- USAID-RELIEF is open now to direct callers to private humanitarian organizations providing relief to Kosovar refugees.

President Clinton announced the hot line April 21, saying the government established it in response to many federal employees who asked how they could help. In addition, the U.S. Agency for International Development Web site, www.info.usaid.gov, lists known groups active in the Kosovar relief effort.

"We can best help alleviate the suffering in the Balkans by providing financial support to relief agencies on the front lines. The organizations are on site, they know how to deliver the relief, and they need financial support." the president said.

Thousands of ethnic Albanian Kosovars are believed to have been killed in Yugoslav attacks in the Serbian province. About 1.4 million others have been driven from their homes and are in refugee camps in surrounding countries or in hiding in Kosovo.

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