Photo: Skopje buildings in smoke

reducing pollution in Skopje

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Skopje was named Europe’s most polluted capital in 2018 by the World Health Organization, partly because two-thirds of households use firewood as their primary source of heating. Its particle-pollution rates can register more than 10 times higher than EU air quality standards, and the WHO estimates this kills 2,574 people prematurely every year.

“The walls were so wet. It was not an appropriate place for living, definitely not for raising children,” said family patriarch Dimce Velev. His two children, Nikola, now 19, and Gabriela, 18, had chronic bronchitis and regularly came down with pneumonia.

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photo: family from Macedonia sitting on a sofa in their new apartment

Dimce Velev with his son Nikola, 19, and daughter Gabriela, 18.

The article Too cold to live in about Europe`s most polluted capital was written by the Financial Times in support of Habitat for Humanity`s work to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

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