By Capt. Karine Chapleau
First published in
SFOR Informer#107, February 21,
Prijedor - Rizvanovici, Rakovcani and Sredice members
will from now on be able to enjoy electricity in their homes and
in their streets. "Electricity is a great gift for the people
of these three villages," said Nada Sevo, mayor of Prijedor.
"Now they can start a new life and hopefully more returnees
will come back. Thanks to all of you and special thanks to the
Civil - Military co-operation centre in Prijedor."
Several people attended the official opening January 19 at the
Rizvanovici School including Nada Sevo, Prijedor mayor; Muharem
Murselovic, chief assembly of Prijedor; Sead Jakupovic, deputy
mayor for Displaced Persons and Refugees matters; Brigadier General
Robert Aitkens, Deputy Commander Multinational Division Southwest;
and a representative from United States Agency for International
"This project represents the coming together of many groups,
the members of the International Community from many nations,
various organisations, municipality authorities of Prijedor and
the newly returned presence who will see the benefits of electricity
and street lighting," said BGen Aitkens. "I hope that
the same spirit of co-operation will go on forever. It is that
spirit of co-operation and working together regardless of nationality,
religion or ethnic origin on which the future of this wonderful
United Kingdom's Department For International Development (DFID)
has invested 190 388 KM into the electrification projects in the
area. Two electrification projects in Rizvanovici/Rakovcani and
Sredice, a donation of 93 500 KM and 88 888 KM respectively, now
provide low voltage electrification to 66 households in the villages.
A third project restored communal streetlights to the three villages
at a cost of 8 000 KM. DFID, through Civil Action Projects (CAP)
funds, provided money for the lights. The communities have invested
4000 KM in the projects as well as International Community such
as USAID, Norwegian Refugee Council, DORCAS aid and American Refugee
DFID's goal is to contribute to the civilian aspects of the Dayton
Agreement by encouraging the return of significant numbers of
Displaced Persons and Refugees (DPREs) to fully integrated communities.
Czech CIMIC centres receive 3000 DM per month for CAP funding
from DFID. This money is used at the discretion of the Battle
Group. The CAP funds can be used to promote good relations between
SFOR and the local community, to benefit the largest number of
beneficiaries of more than one ethic group and the CAP project
should be finished within one month. The CAP funds provide support
to small projects, which would not necessarily qualify under other
international aid program.
During the war, the villages and surrounding area of Sredice,
Rizvanovici and Rakovcani were totally destroyed, including the
The municipality of Prijedor has experienced the largest cross
Inter Entity Boundary Lines rate of return in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
According to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees statistics,
there are 82 registered returnees in Rizvanovici, 50 in Rakovcani
and 75 in Sredice.
Nations of SFOR: UK