INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERS FOR BOSNIA
Bosnians defending borders of their own multi-cultural republic are no
longer alone, as these photos demonstrate. Volunteers from Muslim
countries are finding their way into Bosnia through Croatian ports in an
effort reminiscent of U.S.-Saudi operations mounted from Pakistan to arm
and reinforce the Afghan Mujahedeen who fought Soviet-backed forces in the
1980s. Volunteers from Western Europe, the U.S. and Canada, not all of
them Muslim, also are reaching Bosnian forces, in an operation that
recalls the international volunteers who came to the aid of the Spanish
Republic in the 1930s in an effort that slowed, but could not halt, the
tide of fascism that led to World War II. The same factors are in play
again, according to French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, who asserts
that "the fuse of racial hatred is long and winds through all of Europe."
Labeling lack of Western support for Bosnia "the mentality of Munich,"
Levy says what is at stake in Bosnia is "the essence of Europe: tolerance
and co-existence…If Sarajevo dies, so does the idea of Europe embodied
in the Maastricht Treaty." Pictured are international brigade members
stationed at Igman, four kilometres from Sarajevo, to defend the mountain
road over which supplies reach the Bosnian capital.
Photos include American, Belgian, British, Irish, Saudi and Turk
volunteers (the last one holding his country's star-and-crescent flag).
Appeal for humanitarian aid Tuzla
Aid department for Feniks
APPEAL FOR HUMANITARIAN AID FOR TUZLA REGION
The nord-east part of Bosnia, with the regional center Tuzla is the biggest
area of Bosnia, which is still under control of Sarajevo government
and which is therefor free exesable (this was the case before the fights
in Central Bosnian between Muslim and Croat forces started).
Nevertheless there are still 11 villages and small cities surrounded or
besieged. In the same period that the Sarajevo region and the south of
Bosnian, also Hercegovina, from a lot of aid organisations are
systematically been help, is the Tuzla region hard to deliver. The
political, the militair situation makes it only reachable via a detour of
800 km over the worst road out of the south, from all other sides this
region is not reachable, due to fact that you have to pass the warzones.
For months the Tuzla region, with 1,5 million inhabitants, plus over
300.000 refugees from fighting areas, under which there are 75.000 children
under 14 jahrs, totally isolated from the outside world.
Just a few days ago a group of 5000, mostly women and children, who were
brought by UNPROFOR soldiers from the town Srebenica been hosted in the
area. Most of them are under feed and need immediatly help.
All the incoming help is going to the logistic center and is from there
distributed. For the medical aid a huge database system is build up, all
the need of the different part regions, hospitals and ambulantes are
collected and priorities are set.
Medical help in war time concentrate itselves mostly on the direct
threatment of wounded. Chronical illnesses are often not be threated the
way the should be, because the resouces are simply not there to do so. In
Tuzla f.e. there is an accute need for insulin and tablets for Diabetici,
there is not enough medication for Tuberculose patient and also patient
with chronical Glaukom has to fear that they, due to the leak of medication
will be blind forever. A social medical programme to protect people from
getting ill are a luxes. Around here already small amounts of aid already
has effective and noticable effects.
If wanted we can send need lists.
In teh Tuzla region there are 8600 persons with diabetis. 1300 of them has
to use Insulin injection or tablets. Diabetis threatments have in a warzone
no first priority. Although an ongoing leak of medication, which a
Diabetici needs in his or her normal life, can lead to effect which are not
Grusse von Zagreb Brace Domany 6/6/3 (box33)
41000 Zagreb (Kroatie)
Wam in Zagreb tel:+38-(0)41-313477
Re: Karadzic's sale on Muslim children / $50.00 a piece, hard cu
email@example.com (Branko Radosavljevic) writes:
>PS: This is something that's on my mind:
>I'd give one of my own hands if my mother and her family
>had been 'cleansed' from Croatia in this way during
>WW II, and given a ride on top of that. Her family couldn't
>leave: her father was in slave labor, and her family had old
>people and young kids. Her friends had to walk to the death
>camps (excuse me, Mr. Tudjman, work camps) at Jasenovac and
Branko, please tell us, once and for all, do you (and those who
use the same argument as you do, over and over) think that those
people (excuse me, Branko, Croats and Muslims) deserve to be treated
in the way they are treated by Serbs, because of Jasenovac?
Nikola Stankovic, @SEMOVM.BITNET>
Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA
HELP is there !!!!
Today HELP came from the printery, this magezine for and from children from
and in Bosnia and Hercegovina will be spread in the coming days around
Sarajevo, Tuzla and surroundings and in the refugee centers around Croatia.
This first number, 10.000 copies, we could print thanks to a private gift
of somebody, but we would like to continue this publication and spread itr
all so around refugee center in the rest of the world.
Therefor we are looking for a sponsor of for sponsors which could make this
Editing team of HELP
All we are saying is give peace a …….. (John Lennon)
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Zagreb Diary 29 April, 1993
The day started fantastic with a package from Brac, from Sirac (who is living
there in a refugee camp), who send me 5 copies of HELP. After months the
first number is ready now, it is be far not Sirac guilt that it took so long, I could
only get the money together in bits and pieces, and it took a little longer to find
a person which could make the magazine ready for printing and more of those
things which a starting magazine has to overcome, but it is there now. HELP
a magazine for and from children from Bosnia, where ever they are. UNICEF
will bring 5000 of the 10000 we printed to Sarajevo and the rest we will
spread over refugee camps in Croatia. Now I have to find new money for new
numbers, which also should go around the world to Bosnian children abroad
in refugee camps.
Sometimes you have such stories which are not yet finished, since some
parts of the chain are still not filled in. So you have heard why Joan Boaz
played "Amazing Grace" (Jasinka, a gestalt therapist ask for it), but today I
have heard why she played "Forever Young". On the other side of the stage
stood Svemir and he asked for it. In principle he would have liked to play with
her, but she said that there was no time for it. That would of course have
been a total spectacle, Joan Boaz and Svemir singing "Give peace a change"
and that in Svemir version, "I heard the bombs, I seen the planes, ………".
Svemir has decided to stop working professional for Komaja, this spiritual
group around Makaja (original from Mostar), which is indeed the second
group of Serbs and Croats abroad which stayed together, since the Komaja
group in Switzerland and Germany seems to be still intact. I spoke with
Svemir about it, since I am surprised that Komaja, as Croat (from
Hercegovina) has so much followers of Serbian nationality (this was already
the case before the war, that a big part of his followers went to Switzerland
and Germany with him had nothing direct to do with the war, they went there
to make money for their spiritual island). And he told me another interesting
thing, namely that in aid Komaja had send to Mostar was basically collected
by the Serbian members of Komaja in Germany and Switzerland.
And I had news for Svemir, since I knew that most of what they brought to the
war hospital in Mostar, somewhere in October last year if I recall it well is still
standing there. They brought f.e. a truck full of emergency food, big yellow
cans of 5 kilo white powder with a horrible taste, which comes out of the
supplies of the nuclear shelters in Switzerland (if one country in Europe really
has shelters all over the place it is that one, during the UNCED prepcom in
Geneva two years back we lived for 4 weeks in such a shelter). I tried some of
this stuff, but only with tons of honey and fruit you can eat it, but not too
much. The doctor who show me the cans, said that in Western Europe they
probably would have given this stuff to cows or pigs. Anyway the complete
truck load is still standing in the basement of Mostar War hospital. The beds
they brought ended up in Posusje , we got them for the refugees in the
In one of the phonecalls I had with people in Hercegovina today they told me
that around 5000 refugees (Croats) are trapped in Konijc, there is no way that
they get to Mostar from there, in Caplina they are willing to take them in, but
the road from Konijc to Mostar are blocked by Muslim roadblocks, which don't
let them through. On the other hand they told me that HVO blocks all the road
into Central and North Bosnia, they want to keep all humanitarian aid out of
that region until "those idiots" (according the person I phoned with) stop to
No it is clear that the fighting's in Central Bosnia hasn't stopped yet and
colonel Bob (Britforce in Vitez) also had his daily report, they guy starts to use
stronger and stronger words every day. Our German doctor in NeXus was
just waiting for a truck full of diabetic medicines (diabetics are one of those
chronically illnesses which is easily overlooked in the warzones, not many aid
organisations bring medicines for this type of illnesses) from Germany to be
brought to Tuzla, this truck will arrive in the weekend, but it looks like if they
have to stay in Zagreb for a while. He first wanted to buy this material from
Pliva (the biggest medical factory in Croatia), but they price there was 7 times
higher than in Germany. An experience which also other groups made with
medical materials, most groups have the philosophy to buy all materials as far
as possible in the country itself in order to positive influence the local
economy, but since the prices have raised far over what is acceptable (twice
or three times is still acceptable) again a lot of medicines and other stuff are
Ernest visit in Tuzla also the factory where also MSF (doctors without
borders) buy their infuse and injection fluids (salt in distillate water), which is
not so expensive and they even still export their fluids and salt at the moment
(not the last 10 days of course), especially to Slovenia. In Zagreb however
this fluids (at least in small capsules for one injection) are hardly available, he
needed it for injecting Vesna and had to go half the town to find them, in the
end he got them from Caritas.
In Tuzla he also find tuberculoses patients which were nearly without the
proper medicines. Due to the economical break down this illness pop up
again in these countries, in the future more of this kind of more or less poverty
illnesses will start spreading over this area.
Bok I Mir from Zagreb,
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