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Twenty-five million garments are needed in Greece alone to give every needy person one wearable outfit, according to Mr. W. S. Duthie, of Scotland, deputy-chief of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation mission in that country. This estimate of nearly two months ago is quoted in a recent issue of the Christian Science Monitor, which states that at the beginning of June there was only sufficient clothing in sight to meet a third of the need. Only 5 per cent of the people of Greece were adequately provided with clothing. Shoes were the special need of children, who were using worn-out footwear, often far too big for them. An equally poignant picture is given of the need in Yugoslavia, where an Australian, Mr. Alan Hall, is acting head of the Unrra mission. In one Bosnian village, where all the men were killed, the women work in the fields at night because they have no clothes. Besides striving to clothe the people, Unrra also has a big task on hand to feed and house them. One of its aims is to repair enough roofs so that every Greek will have shelter next winter, but repairs have been delayed because workmen lack clothing. Raw cotton and wool for weaving into clothes are stated to be the greatest raw material needs in Greece and Yugoslavia to-day. Fuel to get the wheels of industry going again is another urgent need. Transport is difficult, because nearly every bridge has beep destroyed in both countries. Greek railroads will take years to recover. Five million Yugoslavs will be well below subsistence level for the next 18 months.

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UNCLAD BALKANS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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UNCLAD BALKANS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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