BAB has been very busy organizing for our two upcoming projects. As well an additional two in the planning. The Peoples Place and Community Space in HasrinIca, Sarajevo is still working supporting refugees and the local community. We thank the volunteers who are making this possible.Peoples Place and Community Space, Hrasnica, Sarajevo (20.06.2018)
So for now we are going to tell you a story about canine volunteer who came to help this year.
His name is Kali and he is a dog. It was his first time to volunteer and he proved to be an amazing volunteer.
He traveled all the way from Germany to help. Upon arriving he started to work immediately at a food distribution in Sarajevo. We were very aware that some people may come from cultures that are not accepting of dogs but more importantly we were aware that some of the refugees and immigrants may have had dogs used as weapons against them by police or military forces. So we had to be careful as not to create any trauma. We kept him away from the food line.
Towards the end a thirteen year old Afghani girl who was intrigued to meet him, approached. She is an amazing young woman who spoke so many languages which she learned along the way from living in so many refugee camps from various volunteers. It took time but first she hesitantly stroked him until eventually she left her fear behind. Then the owner of the dog gave her the line and said take him for a walk. She did and when she returned with such a big smile on her face saying it was the first time she had ever had contact with a dog.
The next night after helping distribute food again this time as people waited for shoes and blankets they all smiled at kali. So he was allowed to go free. One man from Syria who was about to go “on the game” that night. This is the term used for trying to cross the borders. He ran around for ages with Kali shouting and laughing as Kali barked along with him and ran around, both trusting a total stranger. As all our times came to leave he gave Kali half of his packed meal. Half of his meal he shared with a dog, not knowing when he would get to eat again or if he would be violently beaten that night, if caught.
The next day Kali went to Mostar to volunteer at a children’s home.http://www.djecijidom-mostar.ba/index.php/en/ Repeatedly the children would swarm around him. Sometimes twenty children wanting to stroke him at once. Sometimes he was a bit stressed but was never ever aggressive towards the children. He was patient even when the smallest took him by the line to walk. He knew they did not have the strength he has, but would never pull them.
This winter he will return to Bosnia Herzegovina. He loves the snow as he has some Husky in him. He loves the cold, even minus 25. So we hope as the people are freezing, hungry, sick, injured from being beaten he will for even a slight moment help to take these people (including children’s) minds off there hunger, pain and desperation. He does not judge them because of their skin colour, where they come come, their faith or belief. He will just want to play in the freezing cold snow with them.
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