- The work the Italian Engineers from Sarajevo are doing in the community
of Kosovo Polje is a hot and dirty job. But after all, being engineers
they are used to a little hard work.
In this case, that hard work of removing the rubble of former homes
will pay off for returnees to the village who wait to begin rebuilding
The engineers received the mission to clear the area from their higher
headquarters, said Capt. Camillo delle Nebbia, Italian Battle Group
Public Information Officer.
activity was asked of us by the United Nations High Committee for
Refugees because international agencies couldn't do this," he
said. "So the Italian Battle Group was given this activity by
Delle Nebbia said work in the area has been going on for several weeks.
"First, EOD came in and cleared the area for evidence of mines,
then the engineers began work on removing the rubble," said delle
Nebbia. "We clear this area of the rubble, and now the work is
continuing. We transport the rubble from the area to a local dump
site for rubbish."
During the EOD sweep, some ordnance was found, but not enough to cause
any major problems, said 1st Lt. Giuliano Lodrini, liaison officer
for the engineers.
"I don't think it is dangerous here," said Lodrini. "They
found two bombs unexploded, but there is not evidence of mines. This
is a safe area and okay for the work to continue."
The engineers are removing all of the rubble, but are leaving the
foundations of the former houses in place so the refugees will have
a starting place during the rebuilding. In the meantime, the refugees
are living in tents in the area and have begun working on their homes
as foundations are cleared.
One man said he really appreciates all of the work the soldiers are
doing to helping him get his life back to normal.
"I am very happy for the work that the Italian soldiers do here,"
he said. "We see how the Italian soldiers work very hard each
day. It's wonderful."
He added, he also feels safe having the soldiers there both day and
night as they live in a camp next to the work area.
WO Giovanni Pontorno, of the engineer platoon, said he is glad that
he and his fellow soldiers can be a part of the rebuilding in Visegrad.
"I am happy we can help the refugees. I hope that when we finish
our work that they will continue the building of their homes and social
life. This is important for their future," he said.
Nations of SFOR: Italy