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War broke out in Bosnia in 1992, bringing with it the horrors of 'ethnic cleansing'. Neighbours became enemies and fought bitterly for three years. Entire villages of people were massacred, and over 2 million people fled their homes.

The conflict left over a million landmines littered around the country, and children were forced to learn to recognise and avoid the different types of mine.

Over ten years after the war, there are still areas that are dangerous. An accidental encounter can mean death or the loss of a limb.

The horrors of war have left many children traumatised, plagued by nightmares and unable to sleep alone.

» Country Statistics «
Official Name: Bosna i Hercegovina
(Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Capital: Sarajevo
Population: 4.5 million (2006)
Population Projection: 1.35% per annum
Languages: Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian
Life Expectancy: 72 years
Infant Mortality: 74.23 out of 1,000 births
Literacy Rate: Male - 94.6% | Female - 91.1%
Gross National Product: US$ 7 billion (2001)
(US$ 1,800 per capita)

Islamic Relief in Bosnia

Islamic Relief began its work in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992. IR has its main office in Sarajevo with sub-offices in Tuzla and Zenica. IR's projects mainly focus on providing small business or housing loans.

Orphans' Programme

The Orphans Programme started in 1993 and operates in central, northern and western Bosnia and Herzegovina with offices in capital Sarajevo and the northern city of Tuzla. In addition to receiving the regular sponsorship payments, orphans in Bosnia have also benefited through other activities:

School stationary is distributed to orphans in Sarajevo, Tuzla and Sanski Most.

Orphaned children are entertained at summer schools where IR staff organise fun and educational activities. IR doctors and psychologists at the summer school take care of children who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Two doctors, two psychologists, two sports teachers and three orphan officers supervise the activities. The summer school takes groups of orphans in one week slots for the summer.

Case Studies
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