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Italian CIMIC unit completes another job

By Capt. Segior Mario and Capt. Giuseppe Egizi
First published in
SFOR Informer #84, March 29, 2000

Kalinovik - The Italian CIMIC unit delivered restored sanitary fittings Feb. 22 to the director of the Miladin Radojevic Primary School in Kalinovik, a village populated by about 4,700 inhabitants in the Serbian Republic, 50 km south of Sarajevo.
The restauration works, financed by the EU, executed in a short time and in bad weather conditions, were necessary, because, since 1963 (when the school was built) the sanitary fittings were never fixed, which was unsafe and unhealthy for the pupils. Also, the works allowed the building of a higher number of sanitary fittings for the pupils, teachers, and all the gym users than originally foreseen.
According to the Italian CIMIC unit, it was really important to give these children and their teachers the possibility to use decorous and comfortable sanitary fittings considering the time that they spend in the school.
During the war, the school suffered considerable indirect damage due to bombings (interruption of water system and breaking of window panes). It has already obtained an EU intervention to fix the roof. Now the facility needs other works including a central heating system. Currently, the classrooms are heated by outdated and dangerous wood-burning stoves - some of which are handmade. The rufurbishing of the gym is also necessary.
During a brief but moving ceremony, the school director, Mitar Sladoje, thanked all the members of the Italian CIMIC Unit including Lt. Col. Roberto Bergantino, Maj. Charles Matys, WO2 Maurizio Nicolardi, Goran Filipovic, EU task manager, and the representatives of the contracting company ODGP Vranica which executed the works.
During the meeting the importance of the humanitarian help given to Bosnia and Hercegovina (BiH) was discussed - in particular how much SFOR and the EU are involved in daily economic and technical work and intervening to help the communities and public services damaged by the war.
Filipovic said that finishing this project is important to SFOR and EU because it aims to encourage the population of the Republika Srpska to welcome other ethnic groups and encourage the return of refugees.
A plaque was fixed to the external wall of the school to commemorate andremind people of the work that has been carried out in the village.