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Allen Foundation Gives to Refugees

June 2, 1999

SEATTLE (AP) _ A foundation set up by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is giving $500,000 to aid refugees from Kosovo.

The Paul G. Allen Charitable Foundation said Tuesday it will give the money to the American Red Cross for food, shelter, transportation, medicine and other services.

``This extraordinary situation requires an extraordinary response from all of us,″ said Jo Allen Patton, executive director of the foundation.

About 850,000 people have fled Kosovo since NATO air strikes on Yugoslavia began March 24. Many of Kosovo’s 1.8 million ethnic Albanians were displaced before the strikes began.

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