Many of you know Vla and I were born in Bosnia and Hercegovina where most of our family still lives today. The worst flooding in more than a century recently hit this beautiful country after record rains caused rivers to swell and swallowed homes and farmland.
A state of emergency has been declared in many parts of the country and the Red Cross estimates more than 1 million people have been affected by the floods and several hundred thousand are now homeless.
A vast number of landslides have worsened the situation and relief efforts, and there are reports that landmines buried during the conflict and not yet removed are in some instances being shifted with the landslides adding the dangers of residents and rescuers.
More information can be found by clicking on the link to red cross website: http://www.ifrc.org/en/news-and-media/news-stories/international/the-balkans-worst-floods-in-century-continue-to-cause-havoc-65957/
We are asking friends to help us raise awareness and donate money to support the relief effort. We are in touch with our family members who are on the ground and helping with the clean up effort in neighboring cities. We have created this account because we want to make sure 100 % of the money we raise goes directly to helping the local people impacted by the floods.
Vla is on her way to Bosnia now and will provide additional information when she arrives. We plan to donate all of the money raised to 1 or 2 of the worst hit towns in Bosnia and Serbia and will work with the local charities to make sure the donations are used correctly.
Thank you in advance for your support and generosity. This is not a wealthy country and your donations will go a long way to help the good people of Bosnia and Serbia rebuild after this horrible event.
All the best.
Sinisa and Vladana
Fresh off the boat in 1987
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