About the Situation
By the Numbers
More than 4,622,163 people live in Bosnia-Herzegovina
19% of the population lives below the poverty line
43% of the population is unemployed
(Source: U.S. government)
Bosnia-Herzegovina suffered immense material losses after the 1992-1995 war, according to the United Nations. Many of its residents lost their lives.
While vast improvements have been made toward achieving Millennium Development Goals established by the UN since then, there is still much work that needs to be done, considering that:
- Unemployment is at 43%
- Enrollment in basic education has fallen
- 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: