Refugee Humanitarian Crisis
Bosnia is a transit country for many migrants and refugees hoping to eventually make it to western Europe along the so-called Balkan route.
Since the end of 2019 the migrants stranded in Bosnia had to face many challenging events. From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to the Lipa camp burnt down. Between 900 and 1,400 migrants are now living in the burnt-out Lipa Camp and roughly another 1,500 refugees are living in several unofficial settlements within the forests, the so called “Jungle Camps”, all in the Bihać and Kladuša area.
In both cases these people are living without any running water, electricity or heating and therefore their living conditions are far from humane.
What is L4L doing?
Our team visited the afflicted regions for the first time in the beginning of February 2021. Since then we successfully started a fundraising campaign and we returned to Bosnia shortly after with the goal of making connections to local and international relief agencies already on the ground and distribute our aid.
Medical emergency program
Distribution of funds for SOS Bihać for their medical emergency program and donations for such emergency relief as medicine, food, firewood, and basic clothing (shoes and underwear).
Funds donation to No Name Kitchen, an organization active in northern Bosnia since several years.
We distributed masks (PPE) from L4L Italy, produced in our LFL Tailoring Project in India, among the populations; one thousand more masks will be distributed on our next visit.
Planning for the future
We feel it is imperative to the well-being of the migrants as well as the growth of the region that we create a sustainable social enterprise to provide employment and opportunity to both locals as well as to migrant refugees.
We will keep you updated.
In the meantime, you can download our detailed reports here.