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via sarajevotimes01/21/2021

EU provides €18 Million for COVID-19 Recovery of Agriculture in Bosnia - Sarajevo Times

For the purpose of recovery of BiH economy from effects caused by the COVID-19 viral pandemic, the European Union approved EUR 18 million worth emergency support to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. These funds will be available through two new projects, namely EU4BusinessRecovery, worth EUR 13.7 million provided by the European […]

via abc17news01/15/2021

How will school closures affect children in the long run? Wars, disease and natural disasters offer clues -

Children across the globe have seen their schools closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the World Bank, 1.6 billion students were out of school during the first peak of the pandemic in April 2020, and almost 700 million remained out as 2020 drew to a close. It may take years for the full

via michigansthumb01/12/2021

Migrants in Bosnia camp health checked after days in cold - Huron Daily Tribune

BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) - Many migrants and refugees staying at a camp in northwestern Bosnia have complained of respiratory and skin infections after spending days in makeshift tents and containers amid freezing weather and snowstorms, aid workers warned. Most of the hundreds of migrants stuck at the Lipa facility near Bosnia's border with Croatia have been accommodated in heated military tents following days of uncertainty after a fire gutted most of the camp on Dec. 23. Bosnia has faced sharp criticism for leaving around 1,000 people without shelter after the blaze. The authorities first said they would move the migrants to another location, but they ended up setting up military tents at the site instead. The Amnesty International rights group in a statement on Tuesday said a sustainable and durable solution for the migrants in Bosnia is needed. It said political bickering has marred efforts to deal with the crisis facing people fleeing war and poverty in their nations. "Accommodation is available to house most of the people currently sleeping rough in bitterly cold temperatures in Bosnia and Herzegovina," said Eve Geddie, Director of Amnesty International's European Institutions Office. "What is lacking is the political will to make that happen." Geddie added that the current crisis is also "a consequence of EU's policy of fortifying its borders that has left thousands of people stranded on its periphery or in the neighboring countries. Weather forecasters in Bosnia on Tuesday issued a warning for an upcoming spell of even colder weather in the coming days. The Lipa site also has lacked basic facilities such as electricity or running water and migrants lit fires for days to protect themselves from the biting cold. Many migrants at the camp...

via finchannel01/02/2021

The FINANCIAL - EBRD and EU boost resilience of small businesses in Bosnia and Herzegovina - The FINANCIAL

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a €10 million loan to Intesa Sanpaolo Banka in Bosnia and Herzegovina for on-lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for investments in competitiveness and measures to overcome the economic downturn following the coronavirus pandemic.

via emerging-europe12/28/2020

Western Balkans to get coronavirus vaccine, courtesy of EU - Emerging Europe

With the Western Balkans scrambling to procure Covid-19 vaccines from multiple sources, the EU steps in to offer a helping hand. The six countries of the Western Balkans will get early access to Covid-19 vaccines courtesy of an aid package worth 70 million euros agreed by the European Commission on December 28. The package was […]

via sarajevotimes12/24/2020

Why do Citizens of Bosnia have to wait for the only Cure for Coronavirus? - Sarajevo Times

Bosnia and Herzegovina could receive vaccines against coronavirus in the second quarter of 2021, the Federal Ministry of Health announced. Unlike the countries of the region, which have already procured the first doses of vaccines by direct agreement with the producers, our country is waiting for the delivery of vaccines. […]

via schengenvisainfo12/23/2020

EU Commission: Migration Situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina Is Alarming -

With the coldest days of the year approaching, European Union officials have urged authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to reopen the refugee centre in Bira and open the facility in Ciljuge near Tuzla, as thousands of refugees and migrants may be left without basic shelter with another temporary facility getting shut. In a statement the […]

via hrw.org01/21/2021

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Migrants Left in the Cold - Human Rights Watch

Bosnian authorities should immediately provide adequate, winterized accommodation for migrants and asylum seekers stranded in freezing temperatures in the northwestern part of the country. After a fire destroyed the temporary emergency camp in northwest Bosnia on December 23, 2020, hundreds are housed in tents that do not meet basic humane housing conditions.

via eureporter.co01/13/2021

'Please help us': Migrants, exposed to freezing Bosnia winter, await chance to reach EU - EU Reporter

Hundreds of migrants are taking shelter in abandoned buildings in and around the northwestern Bosnian town of Bihac, wrapping up as best they can against the snow and freezing weather and hoping eventually to reach EU member Croatia across the border, writes Fedja Grulovic. Bosnia has since early 2018 become part of a transit route […]

via eureporter.co12/31/2020

Journey to nowhere: Migrants wait in the cold to be bussed from burnt Bosnia camp - EU Reporter

Hundreds of migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East waited in the cold on Tuesday (29 December) to be bussed out of a burned camp about to be dismantled in Western Bosnia, but there was no agreement where they should go, writes Ivana Sekularac. Fire destroyed the camp in Lipa housing about 1,200 people […]

via europeanwesternbalkans12/30/2020

What are the vaccination plans of Western Balkan countries in 2021? - European Western Balkans

WESTERN BALKANS – As the countries of the Western Balkans strive to secure sufficient supplies of COVID-19 vaccine, many questions remain unanswered – how many will there be, when will vaccination start and how much will it all cost?  All Western Balkan countries are stepping up preparation for a vaccine...

via news.yahoo12/27/2020

British coronavirus variant found in two people in Norway - health agency - Yahoo News

The new variant of the coronavirus circulating in Britain has been detected in two people who came to Norway from the country, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health said on Sunday. The travellers, who were not identified, came to Norway earlier in December and health workers will follow up with their close contacts, it said. Norway imposed travel restrictions earlier this month on passengers from Britain amid concerns over the new variant, which is thought to be more contagious.

via sfchronicle12/23/2020

Fire breaks out at squalid migrant camp in Bosnia - San Francisco Chronicle

BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A huge fire broke out Wednesday at a temporary migrant camp in northwestern Bosnia that has been strongly criticized by rights groups as unsuitable due to its lack of resources. Officials said former residents started the blaze. Thick black smoke rose from the Lipa tent camp near the Croatian border that once housed 1,200 migrants. Residents were seen running away in panic from the fire but no injuries were immediately reported. Bosnia has become a bottleneck for thousands of migrants hoping to reach neighboring European Union member Croatia and then head toward richer EU nations. Most are stuck in Bosnia’s northwestern Krajina region as other areas in the ethnically divided nation have refused to accept them. The Lipa camp was to be closed on Wednesday and moved to another location, but officials said that since its tents and other facilities were almost entirely destroyed in the fire it cannot immediately be moved to another spot. “As far as we know now, a group of former residents put three tents and containers on fire after most of the migrants had left the camp," said the International Organization for Migration's chief of mission in Bosnia, Peter Van Der Auweraert. “Luckily, no casualties to our knowledge at this point but disaster nevertheless," Van Der Auweraert said on Twitter. He later told reporters the fire was under control, but that most of the camp was either destroyed or damaged. He said most camp residents were still around the area because “there's no alternative accommodation available” in Bosnia for them. He said some migrants planned to head to Croatia as “quickly as they could,” some were aiming to travel to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo while others intended to stay in the Bihac area through...

via balkaneu12/22/2020

BiH: Presidency Chairman Milorad Dodik tests positive for coronavirus - Independent Balkan News Agency

BiH Presidency Chairman Milorad Dodik tested positive for coronavirus, the University Clinical Centre of RS in Banja Luka announced. “Today, a council of doctors met at the University Clinical Centre of Republika Srpska and discussed the health condition of the Serb member and Chairman of the Presidency of BiH, Milorad Dodik. He was found to […]

via inform.kz01/12/2021

January sees record coronavirus death rates across the globe - Kazinform

NEW YORK. KAZINFORM - Medical professionals have recorded a sizable increase in the coronavirus mortality rate since the start of the year. On January 9, 2021, the World Health Organization reported the highest daily death toll from the pandemic - 15,513 - double the figures seen in the spring 2020 outbreak, TASS reports.

via news.yahoo01/08/2021

What do we know so far about the new South African coronavirus strain? Yahoo News Explains. - Yahoo News

Scientists are closely monitoring a new coronavirus variant that was first identified in South Africa and seems to be more transmissible. It could also make current antibody drugs and vaccines less effective.  Jacob Glanville, founder and CEO of Centivax, a computational immuno-engineering group that focuses on making antibody therapeutics and vaccines, explains what we know so far about the new variant.

via sarajevotimes12/30/2020

30 Percent of RS Residents have Antibodies for Coronavirus - Sarajevo Times

The first phase of the SARS-COV-2 Seroprevalence Study in the population of Republika Srpska has so far shown that 30 percent of citizens tested in this entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina have antibodies to coronavirus. The study involved 2,000 citizens, and the study was conducted by the Medical Faculties in […]

via news.un.org12/29/2020

The virus that shut down the world: The plight of refugees and migrants - UN News

In part four of our review of the global impact of COVID-19, UN News considers the new challenges faced by refugees and migrants during 2020; from a heightened risk of catching the COVID-19 virus in crowded camps, to being stranded due to travel restrictions, and becoming the targets of criminal gangs. |

via voanews12/26/2020

Hundreds of Migrants Freezing in Heavy Snow in Bosnia Camp - Voice of America

Hundreds of migrants were stranded Saturday in a squalid, burned-out tent camp in Bosnia as heavy snow fell in the country and winter temperatures suddenly dropped. Migrants at the Lipa camp in northwest Bosnia wrapped themselves in blankets and sleeping bags to protect against the biting winds in the region, which borders European Union member Croatia. A fire earlier this week destroyed much of the camp near the town of Bihac.

via schengenvisainfo12/23/2020

EU Commission: Migration Situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina Is Alarming - -

With the coldest days of the year approaching, European Union officials have urged authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to reopen the refugee centre in Bira and open the facility in Ciljuge near Tuzla, as thousands of refugees and migrants may be left without basic shelter with another temporary facility getting shut. In a statement the […]