Even though we are not posting so many updates we are very busy organizing new projects and supporting others. We are in the early stages of preparing our second exchange between Germany and Bosnia Herzegovina for people interested in arts and activism. You can get a taste of the first exchange by clicking here.
We are continuing our support for the children’s home in Mostar we have been supporting for three years as our next installment of documents is now ready and partly translated. This is an ongoing project and we will keep developing our support for children and teenagers at risk in BiH. The idea of these documents once they are used, tweaked and developed will be offered as open source and for free for any educators, teachers, social workers to be able to use to help young people at risk. We wish to thank the two amazing volunteers for developing and translating these documents.
New street art projects are being planned and developed. We will tell you more as the details are confirmed.
We are also collecting medical supplies for volunteer doctors and nurses working in the Balkans. If you can help please email us for more information.
Our BABmobile which was invaluable for helping keeping refugees and immigrants alive this past winter in Sarajevo is repaired and fully legal to start helping again. We would like to thank the BAB volunteers and Flaming Kitchen in Germany for making this possible.
Thankyou to everyone who is helping us to help others.
Zdravo divni ljudi. Kako se naš projekat zimskih hitnih intervencija bliži kraju, želimo da zahvalimo svima koji su pomogli BAB i omogućili ovaj rad. Već smo u razgovorima sa malim NVO iz Bosne i Hercegovine o budućim zajedničkim porojektima. Dešavaće se mnogo soli/infor događaja ove godine širom Evrope. Takođe smo sretni da će se neke od inicijativa koje smo razvili za imigrante nastaviti i ubuduće. Nastavićemo vas obavještavati o svemu ponovo hvala
Hello wonderful people. As our winter emergency response project is coming to an end, we want to thank everyone who has supported BAB and made this work possible. We are already in talks with small local ngo’s in Bosnia Herzegovina about developing future projects together. There will be a number of soli/info events happening around Europe. We are also happy that some initiatives we created supporting refugees and immigrants that will continue for the near future. We will keep you informed about all and again thanks.
Kako se netrpeljivosti, podjele i nasilje nastavljaju širom svijeta, naši BAB volonteri/ke nastavljaju pomagati izbjeglicama i imigrantima u Sarajevu. Podržavamo skloništa, kuhamo i dijelilmo pokrivače i vreće za spavanje kao i obično. Ali, uz to, shvatili smo da drugi vonoteri i male nevladine organizacije trebaju pomoć. Svakog petka naveče, naši sjajni volonteri/ke kuhaju za druge volontere iz svih grupa, tako da s emogu okupiti, pojesti dobar obrok i podijeliti iskustva. Hvala svima koji nama omogućavaju da pomognemo drugima.
As intolerance, division and violence continues around the world our BAB volunteers continue to help refugees and immigrants in Sarajevo. We support shelters, cook and give out blankets and sleeping bags as usual. But in addition we realised other volunteers and small ngo’s need support. Every Friday night our amazing volunteers cook for other volunteers from all groups, so they can come together, eat good food and share moments together. Thankyou to everyone who is making it possible for us to help others
sam vidio imigranta, iz Sjeverne Afrike, čovjeka. Neko koga sa na tren
upoznao dok sam mu davao vreću za spavanje i dva ćebeta kad je tek
došao. Imao je i sklonište, ali smo ga izgubili. Ne znam gdje sad spava.
Njegovo bivše sklonište je na fotografiji ispod. Izgledao je
umorno, više iscrpljeno, kad mu je nekoliko romske djece prišlo i
tražilo novac. Ovaj mladić je mlad, dvadesetak godina. Nikad ne mogu
biti siguran o godinama, jer ova putovanja promijene lica ljudi. Bio je
jako umoran i preturao je po džepovima da im da ono malo što je imao. Gledao sam sa udaljenosti i u tom trenu je ponovo jasno zašto još uvijek radim ovaj posao.
Today I saw an immigrant, north African, another human. Someone I got to know for a moment because I gave him a sleeping bag and two blankets when he first arrived. He also had a shelter but that one, we lost. I do not know where he sleeps now. His old shelter is in the picture below. Anyway he looked tired, rather more exhausted and some Roma kids, really young ones (5 or 6) asking him for money. This guy is young, twenties or something. You can never be sure of ages as the journey alters peoples faces. He was so tired and he scrambled around in his pockets to give what little change he had. I watched from a distance and in a moment like this its clear why I still do this work
Apart from our normal daily work trying to help refugees and immigrants. BAB was invited to give a presentation at a Sarajevo secondary school yesterday. There was more young people than we expected. Around 80 teenagers came and we also offered a question and answer session about our work in Bosnia Herzegovina. We were amazed by these young people and their understanding and empathy to the situation of the refugees and immigrants. They also want to help us help. Some of them wrote amazing essays which we will publish on the website when we have some spare time.
Then in the evening when we were doing our normal night checks we came
across a guy we have got to know the last three months. We know him as
“Sound as a pound” as when he knew some of the volunteers came from
Merseyside he would always say the phrase. He is from a north African
country and had dated and English woman so he knew various slang. He had
arrived back in that moment on the street where we had met him a few
days before just as he was leaving for the border. We hoped to never see
him again. He was caught in Zagreb and it was clear he had been heavily
beaten and pushed back. The details are too horrific to write. He broke
down in our arms crying. It is hard to explain how it makes you feel to
see people being broken by this situation. We gave him a sleeping bag
and some blankets and some money for food as he had not eaten in days.
It is not easy work but we again want to thank everyone who has been
helping us to help others
Every shelter in
Sarajevo tells a story of a dark past in this land. The shelters in
buildings we support have been left abandoned for many years, usually
as far back as the war. These empty shells that were once full of
life, people and stories that are forgotten with time. Then the new
refugees and immigrants started to arrive and new stories are told
from these hidden places. This is a story from photos where one old
man lives without knowing his future.
Our work continues. As well as supporting shelters for around 100 people. We also support other groups supporting other shelters. We send volunteers to Aid Brigade and Collective Aid to work in their kitchens which means we help feed 700 people daily with two hot meals. Every night we have volunteers ready to take blankets and sleeping bags provided by BASIS to anyone who arrives in the city tired, cold, hungry and possibly injured. Our amazing team of volunteers are developing the next instalement of documents for the childrens home in Mostar. These documents will eventually become open source for all teachers, educators and social workers supporting children at risk all over Bosnia Herzegovina. In addition we are also developing cultural and political awareness documents to be provided to other volunteer groups working in BiH. These will also be open source and for free. It does not stop there. We are in discussions with a number of secondary schools in Sarajevo to give presentations and organise a wrting competition in English about the childrens perceptions of how it is to be a refugee or immigrant in Sarajevo during this hard winter. There are more things happening which we will tell you about when they are confirmed. Thankyou to everyone who is helping us and today a special thankyou goes to Fläming kitchen in Germany for their continued financial support.
Our volunteers are very busy in Sarajevo helping refugees and immigrants in various ways. We help deliver food, we manage many shelters with out largest being for 60 people. We take care for hygiene and disease prevention, we provide emergency aid for new arrivals, we chop wood, we support the community center. We try to assist with mental health issues and the general well being of the people we help. We work in partnerships with other groups who are helping.
Here are some pictures since our last update to give you more of an idea.
It has been an eventful time since our last update, we are sorry again for our lack of regular updates, but due to the emergency situation, the majority of our time has been spent working directly in the field with refugees and immigrants.
We continue to increase our working capacity in cooperation with other
groups which include; Aid Brigade, Basis, Cadus, Catch A Smile,
Collective Aid, House of All, IOM and individual independent volunteers
from Bosnia Herzegovina and other countries
Our work is still supporting shelter building, supply deliveries to shelters/squats, street food distribution and support to the local official refugee and immigrant camp near Sarajevo.
Our support is expanding and we will keep you informed about this. For now please follow the links below to see some of the work we have been doing.
We have also resumed support for the peoples place and community space in Hrasnica.
click here to see how we have been helping them since we’ve been back.
Moramo se izvinuti što nam je trebalo ovoliko vremena da napišemo novosti. Otkako je naš Tim za hitne intervencije stigao u Bosnu i Hercegovinu, odmah smo počeli raditi i ne prestajemo. Radimo u partnerstvu sa drugim malim grupama, malim NVO i nezavisnim volonterima kako bismo obezbijedili podršku migrantima i izbjeglicama. Takođe počinjemo pružati pomoć starijim Bosancima i Hercegovcima. Naš rad je dosad uključivao pomaganje drugim grupama u podjeli hrane na hladnim, snijegom pokrivenim ulicama, čišćenje i izgradnja skloništa, cijepanje drva da se skloništa ugriju, dostava paketa hrane, pružanje aktivnosti u zvaničnom izbjegličkom kampu, pomaganje u dostavi pomoći. Radimo zajedno sa divnim ljudima Bosne i Hercegovine i iz cijelog svijeta, koji zajedno rade kako bi pomogli drugima. Ovi volonteri i naš BAB tim nas stalno iznova zapanjuju svojim nepresušnim entuzijazmom, saosjećanjem, empatijom i teškim radom.Kako kažu, slika govori hiljadu riječi.
We must apologize for a taking some time to write an update. Since our Emergency Response Team arrived in Bosnia Herzegovina we started working immediately and have not stopped. We are working in partnership with other small groups, small NGO’s and independent volunteers to provide support for refugees and immigrants. Also we are now starting to provide support for elderly Bosnian Herzegovinians. Our work so far includes helping other groups feed people on the cold snow covered streets, cleaning and building shelters, chopping wood for warmth for the shelters, delivering food packs, providing activities in an official camp, helping deliver aid. We are working with other people from Bosnia Herzegovina and around the world who are working together to help other people. We are constantly amazed by these volunteers and our BAB team at their never ending commitment, compassion, empathy and hard work. As they say a picture can tell a thousand words.