By Maj. Marie Richter
First published in
SFOR Informer#119, August 8, 2001
The Spanish Battle Group (SBG) in Mostar have
a team of committed soldiers who work in the Civil-Military Co-operation
Company (CIMIC). They have a vast area of responsibility and they
do their best to help.
Bacevici - A resettlement near Mostar was the place
the CIMIC representatives visited on July 27. On this occasion
they invited their Spanish doctor from the barracks to see if
he could help the local residents.
Although there is a local doctor in the neighbouring town, the
residents are elderly and cannot travel that far. They also have
not enough money to pay for the treatments that they need. The
doctor volunteered his and the nurses' services to help the team
in caring for the residents.
arrival at the village they visited a lady who was over 90 years
old and gave her a full health check, discussing her problems,
aches and pains via an interpreter. The old lady was pleased to
see the doctor and the nurse as she had difficulty walking and
other underlying medical conditions related to her age. After
seeing the lady they prescribed some treatments and gave them
to her with instructions about how and when to take them. By the
time they had finished with the first patient, word had travelled
around the village and there were others on the doorstep already
waiting to be seen. The team obliged and began what had now turned
into a clinic. The doctor, 1st Lt. Orellana commented on his role:
"I am officially here just for the SBG but I am happy to
help the CIMIC team whenever I can, especially in helping these
Visiting the house bound
Next the team went on to another house which several generations
in a family shared. Two members of the family were bed-ridden
and the doctor went in to see them both. The families welcomed
the CIMIC team who are a familiar sight in the resettlements.
The Spanish CIMIC Officer, 1st Lt. Sanchez La Fuente, described
their role and responsibilities:
"We have 8,000 displaced persons and (returnees) in resettlements,
which we try to help. Often they are in areas up in the mountains
that are difficult to get to, but we supply water to them when
there is no rain and try to assist in whatever way we can."
Nations of SFOR: Spain,