Beneficiary profile: Mirnesa Medzic, Topcic Polje

Publicado: 23 mayo 2015 11:30 CET

By Andreea Anca/ IFRC and Mirela Hodzic/RCBiH 

The aluminium rooftop of Mirnesa`s newly built house in Topcic Polje is once again shining in the sun just a few meters away from the river that quietly flows from the surrounding hills and into the village. Heaps of sand and construction material lie around the settlements dotted along the Starinsky Potok (the Old River), most of which were damaged or destroyed when, sudden and furious waves of water broke the banks of the river a year ago after heavy rain fall. Within two hours Minersa`s home was buried in sludge together with the cow the family owned. Authorities provided the family with support to build their new home.

The transfer of Red Cross cash into the family`s bank account came at the right moment: “I am really grateful,” says the 30-years-old woman of the cash transfer of EUR 667 (BAM 1,300). “The roof was nearly left unfinished because we no longer received support from the government.” 

The house is waiting for its final touches as Mirnesa, her husband and their two children are in the process of moving back in, and out of the army barrack that served as their temporary shelter for the past year. The family is eager to have a home again but every time it rains Minerva “worries sick” that Starinski Potok will overflow again.

To mark one year anniversary of the floods that hit several countries in the Balkans the IFRC recently produced a series of stories profiling Red Cross beneficiaries in Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the countries most affected by the crisis. In the aftermath of the floods the IFRC launched an Emergency Appeal for CHF 4,522,235 to support the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina (RCSBiH) in delivering assistance to some 10,000 flood-affected families. The focus of the Appeal was on cash transfer programing (CTP), relief, water and sanitation, shelter, hygiene promotion, psychosocial awareness, recovery and livelihoods. CTP programme reached a total of 2,020 households and came in the form of one-off payment into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. 80% of the recipients used the cash grant to repair their homes.

The IFRC communication delegate re-visited some of the beneficiaries she and her colleagues met last year to see how they are recovering from what has been described as “the worst flood in a century” in the region.




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