Emmaus in Bosnia-HerzegovinaEmmaus has had a presence in Bosnia-Herzegovina since the early 1990s. The movement now has one member group and one trial member group in the country. The Bosnian groups lead humanitarian initiatives to support the most vulnerable including those most heavily affected by the war as well as the elderly, the poor and those with either mental or physical disabilities. The Bosnian groups have also developed expertise in providing support to children. Several centres host children, offering them a safer and more secure environment as well as better access to education.
OriginsEmmaus was created in Bosnia-Herzegovina following the break-up of the former Yugoslavia and in light of the consequences of the war of 1992-1995. At the time the situation in the country was very unstable and very difficult for all concerned. Many organisations came to the aid of the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina during the war and so did Emmaus International, led at the time by Franco Bettoli. Emmaus International started to send convoys of humanitarian aid containing food, medication and other essential products to the local authorities in Tuzla. But Emmaus needed a local humanitarian organisation to help distribute these products. In 1999 the Bosnians created the International Forum of Solidarity association in Tuzla and the group became a member of Emmaus in 2003.
- Welcome, providing accommodation, reintegration
- Collecting, reusing, recycling and selling on objects
- Political campaigning and awareness raising
- Local, european and international solidarity initiatives
- A centre for the prevention of human trafficking
- Awareness raising about the risks of using the Internet
1 member group
1 trial member group
National delegate for Bosnia-Herzegovina
The Challenges in Bosnia-Herzegovina
“The situation with refugees is a challenge at the moment. Since early 2018 Bosnia-Herzegovina has seen a sharp rise in the number of migrants coming to the country. Studies have shown that these people stay on the road, on average, for two years, some of them have even been on the road for six years”.
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The Balkan Route – supporting the Emmaus groups
A discussion with Maria Luisa Testori, the leader of the Italian community Emmaus Erba, and a Councellor of Emmaus International. She tells us about the campaign launched in Italy to support the initiatives run by Emmaus in Bosnia along the Balkan Route.
Defending human rights / Migration
A creamery is helping refugees to rebuild
The creamery was created in 2007 thanks to a partnership with the Italian Emmaus community of Villafranca. It currently employs 12 people and collects 2,000 litres of milk per day from small-scale local farms.