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Religions unite to launch Kosovan refugee charity.

BIG-HEARTED Brummies are launching a charity to help Kosovan refugees who come to settle in the city.

Churches of all denominations and the Muslim community have set aside their religious differences to start the project.

They aim to raise more than pounds 10,000 for ethnic Albanians who are fleeing war-torn Kosovo.

News of the proposed charity, called the Midlands Ethnic Albanian Foundation, will be announced to asylum seekers and refugees at a meeting today.

The Archdeacon of Aston The Venerable John Barton, who is masterminding the scheme, said: "We have established an office which will be staffed by volunteers, who are themselves refugees, and have been here for a while.

"It will be a point for traumatised and distressed ethnic Albanians to get help, advice and converse in their own language."

The foundation, which is awaiting charitable status, will raise cash to provide interpreters, buy satellite TV, so the refugees can watch Albanian news, and the Internet so they can contact friends and family back home.

Donations can be made to Midlands Ethnic Albanian Foundation, c/o Mr P. Johnson, 1, Barnbrook Road, Knowle, Solihull, B93 9PW.
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Author:Barklam, Helen
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:May 16, 1999
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