Civil Affairs Tactical Planning Team
By Capt. Jesus Campuzano
First published in
SFOR Informer #76
Ugljevik - Koraj is a small village located about 10 kilometres north-west of Ugljevik. In the town, most of the houses are partially destroyed. Beside a forgotten World War II memorial is the Koraj Medical Centre, which nowadays has only two rooms that are in working condition and a wood stove in the corner to help keep warm. From here, Sanja Stankovic, a nurse, takes care of the approximately 600 Bosnian-Serbs displaced by the war living in this suburb. "Once a week, a doctor comes for consultations, but apart from this, I'm alone to take care of them. I have to visit some in their houses because they can not move," explained Stankovic. Her face smiled thankfully when she looked upon the boxes with medical supplies, containing nappies, linen and bandages, that US Sgt. Shanon Herbert and US Sgt. Shawn Emmons of the Civil Affairs Tactical Planning Team (CA TPT) handed her. "Everything is welcome, for as you can see, we have next to nothing," said Stankovic.
The CA TPT, together with the Headquarters of the Russian Separate Airborne Brigade (RSAB), is based at Camp Ugljevik, beside SFOR route Georgia, about 15 kilometres away from Bijeljina, in the north east of the Multinational Division North (MND-N) area of responsibility (AOR). The team, made up of American and Slovakian personnel, is in charge of the Civil Military Co-operation (CIMIC) in the AOR of the RSAB, and beside the normal CIMIC projects, they also try to help groups of displaced persons, who fled from their houses during the war.
Living in Bijeljina at a collective centre are about 30
Bosnian-Serbs of nine families, ranging from babies to elder persons,
who have lived there since they fled from their houses in Tuzla and
Sarajevo, over four years ago. They have electricity, but no water.
None of them have a job. For them, the CATPT brings a shipment of Humanitarian
Aid, including baby items, winter clothes, and boots and shoes. "We
were in the Federation area on Monday - all is destroyed. We cannot
go back. We would like to go back, but all together. There are some
places we can not visit without the security of SFOR. There is a lot
of solutions people talk about, but nothing concrete for us," said
"In our area we have returnees, near the Inter Entity Boundary Line (IEBL), from both sides - Bosniacs returning to the Glinje area, and also Bosnian-Serb resettlement in the area west of Celic. But the biggest problem in this area are the Bosnian-Serb families, displaced with the war, that do not want, or can not return to their pre-war houses," explained Slovakian Maj. Slavomir Staviarsky, from the CA TPT.
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