Good morning everyone. I see that most, if not all prosecutors from BiH Prosecutor’s Offices, have come to this conference. This is very encouraging since the topics you will discuss today are critical in reducing corruption, political patronage and crime; all three cited as the key problems facing the citizens.
The heaviest rainfall in recorded history caused widespread floods and some 2,000 landslides across Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in May 2014, destroying everything in their path and affecting one-quarter of the country’s population. Bridges, roads and other infrastructure were damaged extensively. Some 80,000 homes were lost or damaged. Businesses and farms incurred minor to total losses of crops and animals, places of business, inventories, equipment and machinery, and most businesses were still not functioning three months later. Damages and losses are estimated at more than $2 billion. New flooding in early August was a setback to recovery efforts, and in some areas was more damaging than the May floods.
As a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is obliged to improve the quality of life of children and other persons with disabilities. But the state does little to fulfill its duty and responsibility to this group of citizens. As a result there is a lack of institutional support services for families of children with physical or developmental disabilities. Having to care for a child or other person with a disability precludes their ability to have a job outside the home, go to school, or have any kind of social or personal life. These caretakers – usually the mothers – become psychologically and physically exhausted, with no end or even temporary relief in sight.
Winners of USAID/BiH country-wide children’s essay contest to raise public awareness of children’s rights in BiH. The theme of the essay contest was:
Last updated: April 30, 2015