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BORN FREE; Kosovan refugee gives birth to little Miranda days after fleeing war zone.

THIS beautiful baby girl is the first Kosovan refugee child born in Ireland.

Little Miranda's heavily pregnant mother fled war-torn Yugoslavia last week.

Badema Xhemaili, 27, beamed proudly for the cameras as she cuddled her baby yesterday in Holles Street Hospital, Dublin.

The 6lb baby was delivered at 11 o'clock on Saturday night - two days after Badema, who hasn't seen her own family for three months, arrived in this country.

She was separated from her relatives while they were being driven out of Kosovo.

Matron Marie-Therese Joy said Ireland's first refugee baby was a "little treasure".

She said: "Her name is Miranda. She feeding beautifully and crying very little."

The tot will be live with her mother and over 100 refugees is a disused army barracks in Co Kildare.

Meanwhile, Junior Minister for Foreign Affairs, Liz O'Donnell, said last night that the government will not limit itself to an original pledge to accept just 1,000 Kosovars.

She will travel to Macedonia later this week to see conditions in overcrowded refugee camps.
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Author:Kelleher, Lynne
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 24, 1999
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