REFUGEES & RETURNEES

 

Today there are no refugees or returnees. Unfortunately, the war destroyed the infrastructure of the country. Most of the businesses, places of employment were destroyed. Never to be rebuilt. The government is still in shambles. Today, 2017 the unemployment rate is 41%. Wages are from $324 to $400 a month. Many of the villages are deserted leaving predominately only the elderly left behind. Many of the youth and even families are leaving to go to other countries to find employment. To this day, it is still a very bad economic situation. The following are pictures of after the war.

During the war, people left their homes and fled to a safer area. Refugees came from Bosnia seeking safety. After the war, many returnees came back to find their homes completely destroyed.
Where does one begin?
Where does one begin?
We stopped our van and prayed that we would have enough so that everyone<br />would receive something.
We stopped our van and prayed that we would have enough so that everyone
would receive something.
Food and supplies were delivered every month.
Food and supplies were delivered every month.
A few curtains, some duct tape ....
A few curtains, some duct tape ....
We purchased goats and live chickens, hoping that this would<br />help the people to begin settling in.
We purchased goats and live chickens, hoping that this would
help the people to begin settling in.
People were in need of everything.  We put on many roofs,<br />purchased stoves,  distributed clothes and blankets.<br />We always provided food.
People were in need of everything. We put on many roofs,
purchased stoves, distributed clothes and blankets.
We always provided food.
Nora, a volunteer, helps in distributing clothes and households.
Nora, a volunteer, helps in distributing clothes and households.
Many people from Ireland and England sent over lorries of supplies.
Many people from Ireland and England sent over lorries of supplies.
Nora, Mary and Sr. Muriel taking time out for a break.
Nora, Mary and Sr. Muriel taking time out for a break.
Mara searches though her home, hoping to find her sewing machine.
Mara searches though her home, hoping to find her sewing machine.
Aneca's kitchen & bedroom.
Aneca's kitchen & bedroom.
Many stoves and other household needs were provided.
Many stoves and other household needs were provided.
A bulky load but so useful!
A bulky load but so useful!