Fundraiser to Help Flood Victims in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina
2109 E St NW, Washington, DC 20037
5:00pm-7:00pm, Thursday, September 18th
The Embassy of Bosnia Herzegovina in Washington, DC hosted a reception on September 18, 2014 to support the work of the Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) and to celebrate progress in freeing BiH of the humanitarian dangers & destabilizing effects of landmines, while highlighting the challenges that remain. Nineteen years after the war, landmines continue to threaten communities in BiH, which remains the most mine-contaminated country in Europe. MLI has worked in BiH since 2004, donating 28 lifesaving mine detection dogs and providing prosthetic limbs & vocational training to dozens of landmine survivors.
This event raised more than $200,000 to help BiH recover from the devastating floods in May 2014 that not only caused substantial damage throughout much of the country, but also seriously set back demining efforts by displacing countless landmines and washing away mine warning signs. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has already located 92 displaced landmines in communities previously unaffected by mines and more than 40,000 unexploded ordnance and munition pieces, highlighting the urgency and action that is needed. The planned projects that will be implemented through this event will include: 1) the demining of specific communities within BiH that were impacted by floods and landslides; 2) the sponsorship of one (1) MDD to be given to an indigenous demining organization in BiH; and 3) assistance for landmine survivors and/or mine-risk education in flood-affected communities.