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Sarajevo's Wonderwalls

Sarajevo is home to a generation of young people who experienced the war as small children, or who learned about it through stories from their families. Residential buildings marked by bullet holes and craters are just one of the many physicla scars that still remain, 25 years on. IOM has supported 16 young, local street artists to brighten their communities with colour, turning walls into works of art, usign paint that will help clean the city's famously smoggy air.

Migrants Warned of Dangers of Land Mines on the Balkan Route

The Bosnia and Herzegovina Mine Action Centre estimates that there are 180,000 unexploded mines left over from the wars of the 1990s. Over 130,000 have been removed, and 617 lives have been lost. To alert migrants and IOM Outreach staff about the danger of landmines, IOM recently concluded a series of training sessions in temporary reception centres.  

Chief of Staff visits Bosnia and Herzegovina

IOM Chief of Staff Eugenio Ambrosi spent most of the week in  Bosnia and Herzegovina where he and Chief of Mission Laura Lungarotti met the Minister of Security, Director of Service for Foreigners’ Affairs, Prime Minister of Una Sana Canton, and the Mayor of Bihać. The Delegation, together with the HE Ambassador of Austria, visited Lipa and the Temporary Reception Centre at  Borići, where Mr Ambrosi praised the well-coordinated response between relevant actors ensuring that the basic humanitarian needs of migrants were being met.

Temporary Shelter, COVID Testing for Homeless Migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina

IOM, together with Danish Refugee Council, the Red Cross and migrant volunteers have set up heated isolation tents for migrants in the Blazuj army barracks, near Sarajevo, furnished with 1,000 beds, mattresses and blankets.

The idea is to provide temporary accommodation for migrants and refugees who have previously been sleeping rough on the streets of the Bosnian capital.

Migrants will first go through a medical check-up pending registration after which they will have access to shelter, food, medical assistance and other humanitarian needs.