Eric Larrabee, Letter from Skopje, The New Yorker, October 17, 1964, p. 131
LETTER FROM SKOPJE, the capital of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia, within the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which was almost totally destroyed by an earthquake Jul. 26, 1963. A plan for the new city will be drawn up by the U. N., which has already done much for Skopje. The World Health Organization sent a physician, a sanitary engineer, and specialized hospital equipment immediately after the quake. The Int. Labor Organization helped train workers in construction skills. The Food & Agricultural Organizatio of the U. N. has sent a million dollars worth of food, and the U. N. Children’s Fund has allocated $100,000 for health centers and the rebuilding of the Skopje dairy. The U.N. Educational & Scientific & Cultural Organization sent advisory missions of seismologists, urban planner, & earth quake engineers to discuss a long-term U. N. program. The U. N. responsibilities on the spot fall to the Belgrade representative of its Technical Asst. Board, Sudhir Sen, who is a former Indian civil servant. The U. N. Economic & Social Council representatives of the U. N. Housing Building & Planning Branch so the Bureau of Social Affairs have made extended visits to Skopje, and an agreement between U. N. & the Yugoslav government has been made that the U. N. will provide and pay the planner (who will be the Polish architect Adolf Ciborski and, that the Macedonians will abide by his proposals, even if they don’t like them.