Built with the help of SFOR, blessed by the pope
Lt. Antonio Ruiz González
First published in
SFOR Informer#146, August 29, 2002
Berkovici is almost a new town. It was a small village before
the war. After the conflict the Bosnian-Serb population has
increased, the majority from Stolac and the surrounding area.
The town is just a few kilometres from the Inter-Entity Boundary
Line (IEBL) inside Republika Srpska (RS). With the growth
of population they were in need of more facilities. International
Community donors made this possible by funding the reconstruction
of a new electrical grid and water utility. The school obtained
a new roof in 1999 and last week they inaugurated a new public
health medical centre. The Civil-Military Co-operation (CIMIC)
team of the Spanish Battle Group (SPBG) carried out the project.
Furthermore, the Spanish Agency for International Co-operation
provided most of the funds. The official party for the event
consisted of Col. Blas Piñar Gutierrez, SPBG Commander,
Luis Moratinos Cuyanbé, from the Spanish Embassy, as
well as RS and local authorities.
The municipality was awarded a prize last year as a result
of its tolerance with the other ethnic groups, such as Bosniacs.
However, religion has a powerful influence on the town's population.
During the opening of the medical centre, the popes, who are
members of the Orthodox Church, were praying for Berkovici's
health. They prayed for every man, woman and child in the
Nations of SFOR: Spain