On 29.10.2018. The Italian Red Cross handed over to the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina a donation of non-food items (mobile kitchen and clothing items) intended for humanitarian purposes.
Humanitarian aid from the Italian Red Cross consists of:
• Mobile kitchen 'Kaercher' with kitchen equipment of estimated value of 12.735,03 KM.
• Clothing and footwear of an estimated value of 25,607.68 KM.
The total value of the donation is 38,342.71 KM.
Within the donation, volunteers of Italian Red Cross will, from 30-31.10.2018. , install the mobile kitchen and train volunteers how to use it. The mobile kitchen will be used to prepare meals for migrants, refugees and local population in Una-Sana Canton area.
Official handover of the donation was held in the headquarters of RCSBIH. On that occasion, Mr. Rajko Lazić, the president of RCSBIH emphasized that RCSBIH has been recognized by the state Government as a key humanitarian organization, so BH government earmarked 75000 KM for the support to refugees, migrants, but what is, unfortunately not enough. RCSBIH management decided to take more proactive role in order to better respond to migrant related needs.
Mr. Branko Leko, Secretary General of the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina, thanked to HE Nikola Minasi, Ambassador of Italy to BiH, who, with his presence at the official donation, gives support to RCSBIH , Italian RC but also to refugees and migrants and local population in need. Assistance and donation for migrants, through RCSBIH, have been sent by: IFRC, Swiss Red Cross, Red Cross of Croatia and the Red Crescent of the United Arab Emirates. Donation of the Turkish Red Cross is still underway. We thank to the Italian Red Cross, which enabled RCSBIH to assist refugees and migrants including local vulnerable population .
HE Nikola Minasi emphasized that "This donation once again confirms the readiness of Italian people to help the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina and refugees and migrants who are in need. I believe that the donation comes at the right time, before winter, and that it represents our efforts to alleviate the current situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I want this donation to be an example of good cooperation and good results and to encourage other organizations to contribute and help. "
Mr. Flavio Ziriaci, delegate for the Italian Red Cross for Balkans, said: "This donation is a confirmation of the long-standing cooperation and friendship of the Red Cross of Italy and the Red Cross Society of BiH. We highly appreciate the work of the structure of RCSBIH and monitor the situation on site and we hope that with this donation and our experience and support , we will help our colleagues to alleviate the suffering of refugees and migrants on their way.