Humanitarian emergency Bosnia and Herzegovina

by Gaetano Lauricella

A very serious violation of human rights is taking place in these weeks in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the north of the country, on the border with Croatia, a serious fire destroyed the Lipa camp, a tent city where about 1500 refugees from the Balkan Route had temporarily settled. The camp, already inadequate for the dignified survival of human beings, was totally devastated by flames, leaving hundreds of families without shelter. Due to political issues that have not yet been resolved, the local authorities have not been able to find new accommodation for the refugees, many of whom, in order to survive, are trying to continue their path to seek adequate shelter in another country.

But the violent rejections of the Croatian police at the border (violent practices repeatedly reported to the European Parliament) make it impossible to cross the border, forcing more than a thousand people into a death trap: being stranded in the Lipa plateau, an inaccessible area, without water, food, electricity and above all without a shelter for the night. To make the situation even more serious in recent days, the worsening of the weather conditions: the abundant snowfalls and temperatures that drop to -10 ° C seriously endanger the lives of many people.

Caritas Italiana strongly raises an alarm for the extreme drama of the situation in Bosnia. “We cannot wait any longer – underlines Don Francesco Soddu, director of Caritas Italiana – it is absolutely urgent to make every effort to guarantee a dignified and safe welcome, strengthen humanitarian assistance in Lipa and in all the other refugee camps in Bosnia and Herzegovina “.

Caritas Diocesana Agrigento is also committed to contributing to overcoming the emergency, in the awareness that the value of universal brotherhood also requires concrete actions that sow hope. It does so by accepting the appeal that comes from Caritas Italiana, but above all by gathering the various requests from below: different, in the diocese, the faithful and communities who have shown a sensitivity to the problem, asking themselves (and asking ourselves) an essential question: but what can we do concretely to avoid being indifferent?

Among these realities, the availability of the diocesan Vincentian Volunteer Service is significant and has expressed the will to collaborate in a concrete initiative in support of emergency interventions.

Caritas Diocesana Agrigento promotes a fundraiser that will immediately support international cooperation operations coordinated by Caritas Italiana on the spot. Anyone wishing to support this intervention in an emergency, even with small sums, can do so in the following two ways, specifying the reason “Humanitarian Emergency Bosnia”:

Anyone wishing to support this intervention in an emergency, even with small sums, can do so in the following two ways, specifying the reason “Humanitarian Emergency Bosnia”:

payment to the bank account of Banca Intesa Sanpaolo in the name of the Archdiocese of Agrigento IBAN:

IT 69 Y 03069 09606 100000006841 payment by postal order to current account no. 212928 in the name of the Archdiocese of Agrigento, via Duomo 96, 92100 Agrigento.

The sums collected by 14 February will be immediately transferred to Caritas Italiana to support its interventions in the field, which will be highlighted through our communication channels.