By Sgt. Michael Maddox
First published in
SFOR Informer #96, September 13,
Sarajevo - In the small area of Novo Sarajevo, there
has been much rebuilding going on. But there is only so much the local
people can do with the tools available to them. This is why they recently
asked for help from the Italian Battle Group's Engineers.
engineers from the 2nd Demolition Regiment have been helping the local
people install sewer lines, bringing life back to the area. They have
also been paving roads that have needed work for some time.
It is work that brings pride to the Italian soldiers, said 1st Lt.
Emiliano Zampoleri, platoon leader.
"We work with the Bosnian Serbs to help them rebuild," he
said. "We are happy to do this because we are doing something
they needed to be done."
The work provides an opportunity to the engineer soldiers to sharpen
skills they do not use on a daily basis. This is because of the variety
of the jobs they have been working on.
"The people here asked for our help to dig and break the concrete
because they need to put the sewer in for the houses here. They are
new houses for returning refugees," said Zampoleri. "We
are helping to dig trenches to put in pipes for the sewer. We have
also helped dig trenches for water lines."
work, which will take about two weeks to complete, has been broken
down into several phases of construction, said Zampoleri.
"We have worked here for three days with the jackhammer and two
days with a backhoe. Now we will need help because the trench doesn't
yet have the right inclination. The sewer must have an inclination
of three percent," he explained.
Besides the sewer and water lines, the engineers have also been improving
roads in Trebevic.
"We have done lots of work there like repaving five kilometers
of street that was without asphalt. We have been working there for
two weeks, putting down materials and pressing them, Zampoleri said.
"Before, it was full of holes and was very bumpy. Now the people
will be able to travel much easier again"
Nations of SFOR: Italy