Bosnia: Refugee aid groups under pressure

Jasmina Husidic doesn’t pause a lot for niceties. She stops the automotive, jumps out, says a fast hi there and disappears in a grocery store. She does not have a lot time on this grey, wet day in February in Velika Kladusa in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Before dusk, Husidic wants at hand out rice, oil and meat in addition to sneakers and heat coats to migrants and refugees sheltering within the forest or deserted buildings round her hometown. She has been taking care of them each night after ending her job at a Bosnian authorities company for over a yr.

Ever since Hungary erected border fences, many refugees and migrants have tried to enter the European Union via Bosnia. Although hardly anybody plans to remain, Husidic tries to make them really feel welcome, she says, as she packs donated winter boots and denims into plastic baggage.

“My two daughters are college college students, one in Austria, the opposite in Germany. If they’ve an opportunity at a greater life, why should not others,” she says.

First cease: a dilapidated manufacturing unit

Husidic’s first cease is a dilapidated former manufacturing unit, often called the “chimney,” as a result of a chimney is what’s clearly seen even from afar. “Can you assist me, please?” she calls out to a younger man approaching her and pushes a number of baggage into his fingers.

Together they trudge to the doorway, strolling by way of a mixture of mud and trampled empty plastic bottles. On the second flooring of the constructing, just a few Algerian males have pitched tents. One of them exhibits Husidic a photograph of Daria, his little daughter, on his cellular phone. “Very cute,” says the 49-year-old, stopping for a couple of minutes to talk earlier than she strikes on.

“Sometimes it is all very arduous,” Husidic says on her method again to the automotive. She usually feels dangerous as a result of she will be able to’t do extra — which is why she and different Bosnians are founding an aid group. So far, she has been working with an Austrian non-governmental group, which additionally offers her with donations of garments, sneakers and cash from Germany and Austria.

They hope to register their aid group quickly since how they at present present assistance is — formally — unlawful. Unlike some others in her group, Husidic says she has not run into any issues thus far, maybe as a result of her brother works for the police. They strive to not be ostentatious, they do not “problem anybody. That’s higher on this scenario,” Husidic says.

The “scenario” is that not all the locals welcome the 1000’s of migrants and refugees within the nation with open arms.

‘Bad issues have occurred’ 

“I’m ashamed of a few of the issues individuals have finished right here. Many dangerous issues have occurred,” she says. One of the Bosnian volunteers says somebody reported her to the police for serving to the migrants and refugees.

Representatives of aid organizations from different European international locations affirm that the Bosnian authorities are making it more difficult to support refugees who should not residing on the official shelters — just like the individuals who have discovered shelter in deserted buildings or the forest and are taken care of by Husidic. They don’t need to converse brazenly as a result of their organizations are at present within the registration course of.

Deportation for these with out work permits

In Bihac, an hour south of Velika Kladusa, the police minister of the Una-Sana Canton area, Nermin Kljajic, says individuals who adjust to the regulation don’t have anything to concern. However, he provides that foreigners working with out permits will probably be deported. Foreign aid groups have criticized the tough and prolonged registration course of.

Husidic’s final cease for the night is a spot within the forest the place a number of Bangladeshi males are camped out. A couple of of them crowd round a small hearth —it nonetheless will get chilly right here at evening.

Bosnian authorities do not like to see camps like this one. As far as Kljajic is anxious, they endanger the security of residents.

“We must make it possible for meals is barely distributed in official shelters,” he tells DW.

Husidic, nonetheless, says she does not need individuals to be left to their very own units within the forest. Jahanjir Alom Sumon, a 22-year-old Bangladeshi, says he and the others are solely doing fairly effectively due to volunteers like Husidic: “Some carry us meals, some carry us garments or sneakers.”

But all they really need is to maneuver on to the EU as shortly as doable, first to Croatia, then on to Italy, then maybe to France or Germany.

Husidic says she hopes their goals of a greater future will come true. But so long as they’re nonetheless in her hometown, she’s going to do what she will be able to to assist, each night.

This article was translated from German.

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