By Capt. Segior Mario and
Capt. Giuseppe Egizi
First published in
SFOR Informer #84, March
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 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classrooms are heated by outdated and dangerous wood-burning stoves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
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.