This is for my brother Tomislav and his five boys. He is five years older than I and a middle child. I also have a sister, 10 years older than me. Me and my sister were lucky enough to be able to move to the USA in the early 2000’s, he was not that fortunate, but did his best to build a family and home in my home country of Serbia.
Tomislav wanted his kids to have better opportunities a healthier lifestyle, and to be away from crime that you would often see in big cities. Having that in mind, my sister’s family, along with me and my parents scrapped up as much as we could and were able to buy him a very old, livable home out in the country- in a village called Hetin, very close to the border with Romania.
With the help of the small community village, mostly consisting of farmers- he was able to acquire a few animals and was taught how to work the land. Neighbors would check in with him to make sure there was food for the kids and provide him odd jobs- to support his family, since the welfare system in Serbia is almost non-existent.
Unfortunately, on the last week of September the unimaginable happened, an electrical short caused a fire and burned the house to the ground. Luckily it was early in the afternoon and the kids were just getting out of school -and no one was hurt- the fire was doused before it reached the animal quarters, and no one was home.
Local county inspectors deemed the house a total loss and irreparable. The Mayor put them in a school dormitory that is not being used now. Neighbors donated bedding and clothes until a more permanent solution is found. The economic system differs greatly then that of the USA, and there is no insurance to cover the loss- the mayor and the county officials already found a house that they may be able to relocate to- a fixer upper which needs painting, basic appliances and furniture.
The Serbian equivalent of CPS is extremely corrupt and is more interested in lining their pockets than helping children. My brother was given 2 weeks’ time to get the house ready otherwise the CPS agent is coming for the kids.
If you can help please do, any bit helps and please please share. Please help this family from being torn apart- we need to keep this family together.
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