Cajnice: the future belongs to the children
1Lt. Michele Cortese
First published in
SFOR Informer#159, March 6, 2003
On Feb. 19, 2003 a ceremony took place to inaugurate a
new heating system for the primary school in the little mountainous
town of Cajnice. The Italian CIMIC (Civil-Military Co-operation)
Unit planned and oversaw the whole project. European Union
provided the funds, which amounted to about 31,000 Euros.
Cajnice - "The future of this community is in the hands
of the new generations. As long as the will of building a
better future exists it will be possible to implement it.
I'm telling you this as the Commander of the German Italian
Battle Group and as a father: our aid to these children will
last forever." Those sentences was the meaningful message
given by Col. Marcello Bellacicco at the inauguration of the
new heating system for the primary school of Cajnice, a small
mountainous municipality at the very East of the Republika
A new power station
After eleven years the white smoke turns up again from the
chimney flue of the power station, two metres high, of the
primary school of Cajnice, bearing the name of 'Jovan Dudic',
a local poet. The new power station, supplied with solid fuel,
replaces the old one out of order since 1992. It will guarantee
better life conditions for the 530 children who attend the
school and have to cope with hardships and bad conditions,
due to the freezing temperature.
This important improvement, planned and oversaw by the Italian
CIMIC Unit (ICU), led by Lt. Col. Pierluigi Spagna, favours
also the return of Displaced Persons and Refugees (DPREs)
to Cajnice and the nearby villages. Among the attendees was
Doctor Gianmatteo Arena, the representative of the European
Union, which provided the funds. 'Instalater', a company from
Srpsko Sarajevo, fulfilled the works for the refurbishment
of the heating system. The director of the firm, Mr Slobodan
Eolic, also attended the ceremony.
After the ritual 'ribbon cutting', Bellacicco, accompanied
by the vice-director of the school, Mr. Gojko Vranes, first
visited the room of the new heating system and then went to
the school gymnasium where the students thanked him by singing
a sweet song. The Mayor of the municipality, Mister Dusko
Kornajck, thanked the Italian soldiers for all the aid received.
Among the attendees was the representative of the local orthodox
religious community, Aleksandar Topalovic, who thanked the
Commander and the soldiers of the Italian Contingent by giving
some holy icons as a present.
Over six years, under SFOR guidance, ICU has performed many
important public tasks such as the reconstruction of the Law
Faculty in Sarajevo (in co-operation with the late French
CIMIC Unit), primary and secondary schools in Kalinovik, Mokro,
Olovo, Pale, Podvitez, Rudo, and roads in the areas of Gorazde
and Rogatica. Those operations were supported by the United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' programme for the
return of the DPREs to their pre-war homes.
Nations of SFOR: Italy