- 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
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.
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.
KEY FIGURES FOR 2018
1,138 (1 Jan – 31 March) detected arrivals to BiH
21(0 girls, 21 boys) unaccompanied minors identified
624 people assisted with transport, food, NFI and psychosocial counselling
253(32 females, 221 males) Asylum applications
521 people assisted at the UNHCR Information Center
640 people provided with legal counselling
Continue supporting BiH authorities at all levels respond to existing and emerging needs.
KEY FIGURES FOR 2018
472 (1 Jan – 28 Feb) detected arrivals to BiH
21(0 girls, 21 boys) unaccompanied minors assisted
262 people assisted with transport, food, NFI and psychosocial counselling
117(16 females, 101 males) Asylum applications
87(3 females, 84 males) people assisted at the UNHCR Information Center
198 people provided with legal counselling
On 20 February 2018, editors and other professionals from over 20 national and international media outlets were sensitized about the current refugee/migrant situation in BiH, and how to report on the situation in line with international norms and definitions. Media guidelines for reporting in such a context were shared by UNHCR and IOM.
In the report, A Feminist Perspective on Post-Conflict Restructuring and Recovery – the Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina we argue that an economic reform agenda introduced in a post-conflict country that is not underpinned by a rigorous feminist conflict and gender analysis, will contribute to a continuum of entrenched structural and gender inequalities.
Norwegian Ambassador to BiH Vibeke Lilloe and UN Resident Coordinator Sezin Sinanoglu visited today participants of the rehabilitated milk sub-sector value chain in Zenica-Doboj Canton and the Health Care Centre in Doboj as examples of the UN Floods Recovery Programme activities funded by the Norwegian Government and aimed at economic recovery and rehabilitation of public institution and services they provide.
“Bosnia and Herzegovina needed assistance to recover from the devastating floods in May 2014 and we did our best to help,” said Ambassador Lilloe.
Medica Zenica and medica mondiale conducted a study with 51 survivors of war rape and sexual violence from Bosnia and Herzegovina who had used Medica’s services during and after the war.
The study followed four main research questions focussing on
1) the consequences of war rape and sexual violence on survivors’ lives, health and relationships;
2) the social acknowledgement of survivors of war rape;
3) the coping strategies and sources of resilience in the past 20 years, and finally
4) the impact of Medica Zenica’s support on the survivors’ lives.
The 43.5 million EUR European Union Floods Recovery Programme marks the first anniversary of the catastrophic floods of May 2014 by reaching a significant recovery milestone.
Summary of major changes made to the emergency plan of action:
An appeal of CHF 4,522,2351 was initially launched on 15 May 2014 with the start-up funding of CHF 334,013 allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to enable the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina (RCSBiH) to support preparedness activities for 40,000 people (10,000 households) and provide basic emergency relief items, psycho-social assistance and cash transfers as mode of assistance for shelter to those affected by the floods.
Four vans for transport of patients to dialysis treatment, whose procurement was funded by the Government of the Slovak Republic were handed over to health centres in Doboj, Maglaj, Domaljevac Samac and Samac at a ceremony held on 24 February 2015 in Sarajevo.
The 92,000 US dollars-worth donation is the assistance of the Slovak Republic to the recovery of flood-affected areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is implemented through the UN Floods Recovery Programme “Danas za nas”. It will assist some 120 patients in all four locations.
12 Feb 2015
SARAJEVO, 29 September 2014 – The 27th International Steering Committee meeting of the Decade of Roma inclusion 2005 - 2015, the first event organized under the Decade Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, started today in Sarajevo.
The meeting will primarily focus on the priority areas of the Decade Presidency of BiH: education to employment, integrated programs for housing and employment and the security and health of Roma women.