Sarajevo/Budapest/Geneva, 19 July 2018 – Dozens of people are being treated daily for injuries sustained while attempting to cross from Bosnia and Herzegovina into Croatia, says the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Since February 2018, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina is implementing the Interlinking Disaster Risk Management (IDRM) Project funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation.
The Project goal is to increase of disaster risk reduction (DRR) policy and legal frameworks, and implement disaster and climate risk management measures at all government levels to protect citizens.
Official signing of the 2 million USD worth contract between the Embassy of the Kingdom od Saudi Arabia and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in BiH marks the kick-off of activities on finalizing the infrastructure improvements at ammunition storage site “Kula”, Mrkonjić Grad and arms storage site “Teufik Buza Tufo”, Visoko.
- UNICEF, in cooperation with Save the Children and World Vision, established Child Friendly Spaces in the Refugee Reception Centre and in Bihać. Over 240 children benefit from services and activities.
- ECHO pledged EUR 1.5 million for the most urgent needs of refugees and migrants in BiH. Further funding is under discussion with the EU – DG Near, the council of Europe Development Bank, and the Czech Government.
A. Situation Analysis
Description of the disaster
RFE/RL's Balkan Service
Bosnian border guards have stopped dozens of migrants seeking to cross into European Union member Croatia.
The June 18 incident in northwestern Bosnia came amid a sharp increase in migrants from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia seeking refuge in Western Europe.
About 100 migrants had moved toward from the town of Velika Kladusa, where hundreds have been staying in makeshift camps, to the Maljevac border crossing, but police blocked them from proceeding.
This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina (RCS BiH) is coordinating closely with government authorities, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to respond to the needs of affected populations. In view of the humanitarian needs, an operation supported by the IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is being considered by the National Society.
On 15 May, the BiH Council of Ministers discussed and adopted the Emergency Measures Action Plan to address needs vis-à-vis the current refugee and migrant situation at their 142nd session.
The BiH Authorities opened the Refugee Reception Centre in Salakovac for 269 asylum seekers on 18 May. The UN is a key partner working closely with MHRR and MoS.
Despite the high proportion of arrivals expressing intention to seek asylum, the number of asylum application interviews offered and conducted by the Sector for Asylum fell in May.
Today, the European Commission announced €1.5 million in humanitarian aid to address the increasing needs of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants stranded in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The announcement brings Commission humanitarian funding in Western Balkans to €30.5 million since the start of the refugee crisis.
Between March and April 2018, the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in cooperation with various international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), conducted a Multi-cluster/sector Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) to gather information on the current migrant and refugee situation, identify needs and gaps and inform the planning and coordination of the immediate UN response. Below are outlined the key findings of the MIRA assessment and recommendations for further action.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia have all stepped up border patrols following an increasing number of people transiting through the area, particularly through Bosnia and Herzegovina.
By Dado Ruvic
KONJIC, Bosnia, May 18 (Reuters) - A convoy of buses transporting 270 migrants from Bosnia's capital to a refugee centre in the south of the country was stopped and turned back by police in a Bosnian Croat-dominated canton on Friday, officials said.
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Several buses carrying 270 refugees and migrants from Sarajevo to an asylum center in southern Bosnia-Herzegovina were stopped and turned back by police in a Bosnian Croat-dominated canton on May 18, officials say.
More than 4,000 migrants have entered Bosnia this year after traffickers opened a route through Greece to Western Europe via Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia, and Croatia.
More than 20 years after the war, gender-based violence is still rife in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. Studies show that one in four women in Bosnia and Herzegovina experiences violence. In most cases (71.5%), the perpetrators are partners or ex-partners.
KEY FIGURES FOR 2018
2.762 (1 Jan – 30 April) detected arrivals
53(2 girls, 51 boys) unaccompanied minors identified
UN agencies assisted 1.392 people with transport, food, NFIs and psychosocial counselling
384(46 f, 338 m) Asylum applications
1.151 (109 f, 1.042 m) people assisted at the UNHCR Information Center
UN agencies provided 1.104 people with legal counselling
▪ Continue advocating with BiH authorities to urgently open accommodation facilities.
By Daria Sito-Sucic and Dado Ruvic
SARAJEVO/BIHAC, May 15 (Reuters) - Bosnia is struggling to cope with the arrival of thousands of migrants and refugees, many of whom are sleeping in parks in the capital and other towns as they seek passage into western Europe.
The country's asylum centre has 200 beds and 80 to 150 people have arrived each day this month, Security Minister Dragan Mektic said on Monday.
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Postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is a prime example of how trans-generational trauma affects future generations. Youth absorb the wartime trauma of previous generations, not only through historical narratives – or the lack thereof – but also through the resulting fallout. BiH youth are particularly vulnerable to ethno-nationalistic divisions, as they grow up mostly in homogenous communities without personally encountering or getting to know individuals from ethnic or religious groups other than their own.
SECURITY COUNCIL 8428TH MEETING (AM)
Federation’s Delegate Pledges to Keep Working to Improve in All Areas, Including Reforms, Rule of Law, Good Governance
With Bosnia and Herzegovina’s general elections scheduled for 7 October, and in light of a worrying uptick in divisive nationalist rhetoric, the international community must remain united and coordinate its efforts to ensure a united, stable and prosperous country, the top international official in the federation told the Security Council this morning.
New case study on Bosnia and Herzegovina notes lessons learned for ammunition management in post-conflict settings
Hundreds of men, women and children are sleeping in parks in the capital Sarajevo and in two towns in the western Bosnia bordering Croatia
SARAJEVO, April 26 (Reuters) - Bosnia's central government said on Thursday it would step up border controls to prevent a further influx of migrants and try to accommodate those already in Bosnia in the face of criticism that it is failing to adequately protect their rights.
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