By Cpl. Sbastien Pisani
First published in
SFOR Informer#108, March 7, 2001
"Building bridges or roads is quite the same
in Italy or in BiH," said
Lt. Col. Giuseppe Manzari, from the Italian CIMIC Unit.
He roars with laughter and doesn't hesitate to qualify his five-month
tour as one of the best professional experiences in his life.
"We had to adapt to local techniques and materials. It was
very exciting." Finishing his mission very soon, this officer
waits, of course, to see again his family, managing his karate
school and enjoying his sweet town of Rome. But his leaving is
not without a little twinge of sorrow.
liked working with the civilians, we have always been welcome.
Moreover, projects have been very interesting." Since his
arrival on the field, Lt. Col. Manzari dealt with eight CIMIC
operations. "With the construction or the repairing of primary
schools, hospitals, houses, tunnels or mountain roads, it is always
the same feeling which prevails. We have the impression to be
useful and to take part in the reconstruction of the land. It
is very gratifying," he said.
The Italian CIMIC makes out a list of all the requests of the
town councils wishing to receive help for refurbishing of houses
or municipal equipments. That list is sent to CJ9 for ratification.
Selected projects are subjected to the European Union. Operations
that were carried out were a successful conclusion to the five
months. A total amount of 900,000 KM was spent on operations.
"But behind that sum, there are people who are happy to find
some comfort where they live," Lt. Col. Manzari said.
The Italian CIMIC is also concerned with the comfort of the soldiers
serving under the national flag. It has been placed in charge
of the building rehabilitation in Tito Barracks, Sarajevo, where
some elements of the Italian battle group are based. "We
completely renewed frontage, but we kept the mark of a bombing
impact, in order that nobody forgets that war is the worst thing
that could happen," said Lt. Col. Manzari.
Nations of SFOR: Italy