Refugees in Velika Kladuša

Refugee camp in Velika Kladuša

Velika Kladuša - Bihać, July 24th 2018 - Director of Croatian Baptist Aid, Toma Magda, and the vicepresident of the Croatian Baptist Union, Ladislav Ružička, visited refugee camps in Bihać and Velika Kladuša.

They have spoken with several representatives of various humanitarian organizations that are actively involved in the Unsko-sanski kanton in Bosnia, providing basic help to refugees.

Both camps have been active since February 2018, after the EU closed its borders. There is still no adequate accommodation and access to clean water and hygiene is extremely limited. Food is being distributed daily by the EU through ECHO.

The government of Bosnia is negotiating with local authorities about two possible locations for building a new camp, Bosanski Perovac or Jasenice by Bosanska Krupa. The capacity of the new camp should be around 10000 people, and should be built by the upcoming winter. However, it remains to be seen whether it will be realized.

The number of refugees in Bihać is something over 3000, and a lot of local and international organizations are active there, led by the local Red Cross.  

Refugees in Velika Kladuša are being served by volunteers from No Name Kitchen, SOS Ljuta Krajina, and Emaus.

The needs are great, especially for accommodation, WASH and non-food items (clothes, blankets).

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