|Refugees Return to Rising Prices|
|Topic||Supply and Demand|
|Key Words||Prices, Open Market, Supply|
Refugees are encountering high food prices as they return to Kosovo. Six pounds of potatoes, which cost 60 cents before the war, now cost nearly $2. Meat and sugar prices are prohibitive. It is difficult for refugees to subsist using the open market.
The greatest needs are for staples such as flour, rice, oil, beans, and sugar. In Prizren, there are 500 tons of flour in a warehouse, but because the warehouse was used by the Yugoslav army for storage, the bags are untouched due to the fear that the bags may be booby-trapped.
Aid workers give each family a one-month supply of staples as they re-enter the country. In addition, foreign countries have donated 10,000 tons of food. The World Food Program is establishing a bakery - the War Child bakery - that will produce 45,000 loaves a day for the needy.
In addition, the U.N. mission is working to restore electricity, water and garbage collection. Temporary joint Albanian-Serb commissions are being set up to govern the province.
(Updated August 1, 1999)
|Source||Debbie Howlett, "Refugees find food prices staggering," USA Today, June 25, 1999.|
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