About the Situation
By the Numbers
More than 3.8 million people live in Bosnia-Herzegovina
14% of the population lives below the poverty line
More than 1/4 of the population is unemployed
(Source: World Bank)
Bosnia-Herzegovina suffered immense material losses—both human and material—after the 1992-1995 war. Vast improvements have been made since then: Between 1998 and 2008, poverty fell from 20% to about 14%. However, the global financial crisis contributed to a double-dip recession in Bosnia-Herzegovina, with food prices rising in recent years.
And, there is still much work to be done to meet the Millennium Development Goals established by the UN:
- More than 1/4 of the population is unemployed
- Enrollment in basic education is low
- Gender inequality remains relatively high
- Birth-rates are decreasing
How Islamic Relief is Helping
Islamic ReliefTM began working in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1992 to provide vital emergency assistance to the people during the Bosnian War. Islamic Relief was actually one of the first international, nongovernmental organizations to start delivering humanitarian aid to the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Food, water and clothes were distributed to survivors. Islamic Relief later began rebuilding homes, schools and places of worship that were destroyed during the war.
Here’s a breakdown of some programs Islamic Relief has supported in Bosnia-Herzegovina: