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
28% of the working-age population is unemployed
(Source: World Bank and United Nations)
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.
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.
This video, posted on March 6, shows some of the aid IRUSA donors are helping provide in Bosnia:
Here’s a breakdown of some programs Islamic Relief has supported in Bosnia-Herzegovina:
EMERGENCY AID AND RECOVERY AID TO FLOOD AND LANDSLIDE SURVIVORS
Some of the heaviest rainfall in more than 120 years caused flooding and landslides that brought destruction and devastation to thousands throughout the country in 2014. Islamic Relief USA worked to help provide diverse relief assistance depending on need in the form of items including sleeping bags, raincoats, boots, generators for electricity, food packages, bottled water, cleaning tools, hygiene kits, and more. In the recovery phase, vulnerable senior citizens are receiving special care, including food deliveries and psycho-social support. In addition, some 22 damaged homes in Maglaj City are being reconstructed and rehabilitated. More than 18,800 people benefited.
ORPHAN SUPPORT & SPONSORSHIP