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Urgent Appeal for More CWS School Kits

Following the two latest shipments of CWS School Kits to our partner IOCC for children in Syria and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Church World Service has just over 5,000 CWS School Kits in stock, against pending requests for 15,000 from Romania and 3,000 from Moldova – and more requests are expected soon.

CWS School Kits give children buffeted by war, natural disaster and poverty some of the basic tools for learning, so it is vitally important that we replenish our supplies as quickly as possible.

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‘Worst flooding in the Balkans in decades’

Report
ShelterBox

A ShelterBox Response team is now in Serbia field-testing a new way of capturing vital information from the families we have helped. Severe flooding in the country in May 2014 forced tens of thousands of people from their homes in what many have called the worst flooding in the Balkans in decades. Despite difficult conditions for a speedy recovery, ShelterBox response teams continue to work with local Rotary clubs to deliver vital aid to families in need.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Floods Emergency appeal n° MDRBA009 Operations update n° 2

This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 4,522,235 to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina (RCSBiH) to deliver assistance and support to some 10,000 flood-affected families (40,000 people).

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Activities of Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center’s mine action squad in Nis

Under the coordination of the Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center in Nis (Republic of Serbia), a humanitarian mine action group has been working since July 22, 2014 to survey and clear the areas of cluster munitions and aerial bombs left in the city area after bombing in 1999.

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Heart on the wheels

During the general mobilization of citizens who wanted to help the population affected by floods, all possible means of transport were used - cars, boats, trucks, diggers – and people also went on foot. This is a story about the help that arrived on two wheels. More precisely, this is a story of people with a big heart on motorcycles.

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Balkan armies promise greater co-operation in catastrophes

Nine Balkan militaries agree to jointly assist the civilian population in times of disasters.

By Miki Trajkovski for Southeast European Times in Skopje -- 22/07/14

In the wake of damaging flooding in Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) this year, military leaders of nine countries in southeast Europe are promising to work together to co-ordinate emergency response to future natural disasters.

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Bosnia exalts KRCS support for victims of floods

SARAJEVO, July 18 (KUNA) -- Bosnia and Herzegovina's Minister of Human Rights and Refugees Damir Ljubic lauded the efforts exerted by Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) in supporting the victims of devastating floods that swept the country mid-May.

Ljubic made this remark during a meeting with chief deputy of KRCS Anwar Al-Hasawi and member of KRCS' board Abdulrahman Al-Own. The meeting was held at Kuwaiti embassy in the presence of Kuwaiti Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Nasser Al-Mutairi.

Kuwait News Agency:

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Canada provides additional support in response to flooding in the Balkans

Canada’s contribution will support demining activities to help ensure safety in the Balkans

July 17, 2014 - Brussels, Belgium - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

On behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular) announced an additional $100,000 in humanitarian assistance funding to help meet the need for demining efforts as a result of the severe flooding in the Balkans.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina Recovery Needs Assessment, Floods 14 – 19 May (Executive Summary)

After the devastating floods which affected large parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina in May 2014, the authorities at all levels country have conducted a post-disaster recovery needs assessment reflecting damages, effects, impact and needs.

The United Nations, the European Union and the World Bank provided technical support to authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina for development of Recovery Needs Assessment.

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Conclusions of Donors conference for Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina “Rebuilding Together”

In May 2014, severe weather and damaging floods hit entire regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, resulting in several dozens of casualties in both countries, causing the destruction of public and private infrastructures, as well as hitting hundreds of thousands of households, many of whom, mostly vulnerable groups, still remain without proper shelter. Damages and economic losses amount to around €2 billion in Bosnia and Herzegovina and €1.5 billion in Serbia.

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Over €1.7bn in aid raised for Serbia, BiH

Belgrade/Brussels, 16 July 2014 – Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said late today in Brussels that more than €1.7 billion has been raised at the international donors' conference in Brussels for aid to Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) after the catastrophic floods that hit those countries in May this year.

Nikolic told Radio Television B92 that these are direct donations from states, soft loans, and loans that have not been used so far and are now being diverted, adding that this sum does not include funding from the EU Solidarity Fund for which Serbia is yet to apply.

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Dutch court rules state liable over 300 Srebrenica victims

07/16/2014 20:40 GMT

by Nicolas DELAUNAY

THE HAGUE, July 16, 2014 (AFP) - A Dutch court ruled Wednesday that the state was liable for the deaths of over 300 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in the Srebrenica massacre, the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II.

Families of the victims had sued the Dutch government over the 1995 killings, accusing Dutch UN peacekeepers of failing to protect the 8,000 people slaughtered by ethnic Serb forces just a few months before the end of the Bosnian war.

Agence France-Presse:

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Switzerland allocates CHF 15 million to flood-damaged Western Balkans

Bern, 16.07.2014 - In an effort to help alleviate the massive damage caused by the extreme flooding that hit Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia in May this year, Switzerland has pledged approximately CHF 15 million at an international donor conference. The European Commission, France and Slovenia invited the international community to attend the donor conference in Brussels on 16 July.

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EBRD delivers financial support for Bosnia and Herzegovina after the floods

Up to €58 million for public sector and new funding for private sector

Author(s): Viktorija Melohina

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is intensifying its efforts to help Bosnia and Herzegovina overcome the damage caused by the floods in May this year. The Bank presented a new range of financial support programmes at a donor conference hosted by the EU in Brussels today, where the official flood damage assessment report was also unveiled.

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UN Development Chief Calls for more international support after devastating floods

Belgrade, Serbia - One the eve of an international donor conference for flood recovery efforts in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark today visited an affected area in Serbia and stressed the need to include disaster resilience in forthcoming recovery and reconstruction efforts there.

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IDMC Annual report 2014

From the director

I had the pleasure of joining the IDMC team in 2013, taking the helm from Kate Halff, who after four years of the excellent work and dedicated service, left the organisation in May.

2013 was another year of turmoil for many. Conflicts and disasters worldwide forced millions of people to flee their homes, leaving many stuck in limbo within the borders of their own country.

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OSCE opens five temporary premises following floods and landslides in Bosnia and Herzegovina

SARAJEVO, 11 July 2014 – The OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina has opened five temporary premises to provide support in the aftermath of the devastating floods and landslides that struck the country in May. They are now operational in Bijeljina, Maglaj, Orasje, Samac and Prijedor and add to the Mission’s existing structure of 11 field offices covering the entire territory of BiH.

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Bosnia’s Future

While the physical scars of the 1992-1995 Bosnia war have healed, political agony and ethnic tension persist. Real peace requires a new constitution and bottom-up political change.

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OIC Group in New York calls on the international community to support the post-flood reconstruction efforts in Bosnia and Herzegovina

2014-06-09

New York - Today the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Mr. Zlatko Lagumdzija briefed the Permanent Representatives of the OIC Member States to the United Nations in New York about the latest situation in his country caused by the floods and landslides.

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Following floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina, OSCE-supported event focuses on ways to improve disaster management

SARAJEVO, 10 July 2014 – Roles and activities of various actors in relief operations during the floods that struck Bosnia and Herzegovina in May 2014 were analyzed at a roundtable event held today by the Council of Ministers’ Inter-ministerial Working Group on Security Policy and the BiH Coordination Body for Protection and Rescue, with the support of the OSCE Mission to BiH.