Emergency Response Team (ERT) 20.03.2019.

English text below.

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.

Odavde/From this…..
Dovde /To this.

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BAB supporting other volunteer groups in Sarajevo. (15.03.2019)

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

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What a volunteer saw. (01.03.2019)

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

Someone delivered food, water and wood.
People cooking.
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Just in one day. 22.02.2019

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

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Hidden places and stories. (18.02.2019)

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.

The entrance to a hidden world.
We do not know who gave a stove, but it has stopped this man from freezing to death.
A sleeping place with some dignity.
When people have nothing a single item can mean so much.
This is the kitchen. Actually the whole building is destroyed from the war apart from one room.
The roof has collapsed.
Before the war a family used to prepare and cook food here.
The exit from a hidden world into an unknown future.
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BAB Update (08.02.2019)

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.

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BAB update 03.02.2019

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.

Cleaning an empty room to make ready for new arrivals.
Repaired windows.
Cleaning a whole house.
Our amazing volunteers even work in the dark.
We are bringing light into peoples lives.
Food packs to delivered, so people can cook for themselves in the shelters.
People coming together.
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BAB Update 07.01.2019

Happy New year everyone!

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.

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Wood distribution to shelters/squats

Building a shelter in cooperation with other groups.
People’s Project and Community Space

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.

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BAB update (24.12.2018)

English text below.

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.

Helping feed refugees and immigrants in the cold and snow.

BAB volunteers chopping firewood for shelters.
Building shelters.
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BAB Update, novosti (11.12.2018)

Ove sedmice mnogo sastanaka i priprema za ostatak našeg tima, koji stižu sutra. Bićemo uključeni u niz različitih vrsta aktivnosti, ili kao jedan tim ili podijeljeni u dva. Ako bude tako, svaki tim će imati volontera obučenog za hitnu prvu pomoć i osnovni pribor. Nadamo se da nam taj trening neće zatrebati, kao ni pribor.Takođe smo nabavljali zalihe za aktivnosti u kampu nedaleko od Sarajeva. Ovo je kamp za oko 800 ljudi, uključujući porodice i same muškarce. Ili ćemo im pomagati ili donirati materijale da sami koriste. 

This week is lots of meetings and preparations for the rest of our team arriving tomorrow. We are going to be involved in a lot of different types of work. Either we work as one team or split into two. If so, each team has crises emergency first aid trained volunteers and basic kits. We hope never to have to use this training or equipment.

We have also been buying supplies for activities at the refugee camp near Sarajevo. This is a camp for around 800 people, including single men and families mixed together. The amazing AidBrigade are already providing support and activities at the camp. We will either be supporting them or donating these materials for them to use.

Na fotografijama se vide materijali koje smo kupili za aktivnosti za djecu i mlade.

You can see in this picture the supplies and materials we bought for children and young people focused activities.

Na ovoj fotografiji su materijali koje smo nabavili za časove jezika koje radi AidBrigade.

In this picture you can see some materials we bought for the language classes AidBrigade are providing.

Na ovoj fotografiji su neke od igrica koje mogu koristiti djeca ili odrasli u kampu.

In this picture you see some games we bought that can be used by adults and  children at the camp.

Svi ovi materijali su koštali oko €250, što je, kad se podijeli na 800 ljudi, svega €3.20 po osobi. Mi ne podržavamo ideju dovođenja i smještanja ljudi u kampove, ali još manje podržavamo ideju ignorisanja ovih ljudi jer su u zvaničnom kampu.Hvala svima koji su donirali do sad i sad možete vidjeti kako vaša solidarnost zaista pravi razliku.

All in all these materials cost around €250 which if you divide it between 800 people it is around €3.20 per person. We do not support the idea of people being in camps, but we even less support ignoring these people because they are in official camps.
Thankyou to everyone who has donated so far and now you can start to see how your solidarity makes a difference.

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