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Medical News & Perspectives
August 4, 1999

Volunteers Help Kosovar Refugees in Camps

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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999American Medical Association

JAMA. 1999;282(5):420-421. doi:10.1001/jama.282.5.420-JMN0804-3-1

The refugees I worked with were so kind and caring toward each other, so willing to help, they taught me that humanity can survive in such a situation," Mary Lightfine, RN, an emergency room nurse from Florida who worked as a volunteer with Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) in the northern Macedonian camp of Cegrane, recounted recently.

A seasoned volunteer, Lightfine has worked in war zones around the globe, including Somalia, where she was shot at, threatened, and held at gunpoint. She arrived in Skopje, Macedonia, aboard a 23-year-old cargo plane on April 8 and spent several days in different camps, including Brazda and Raduchia, and then moved on to Cegrane, where she helped set up the medical program and staff the clinic. She said many of the people who live in the village of Cegrane are ethnic Albanians, as were the fleeing Kosovars, and they were very receptive to the refugees.