Safe farmland in sight for Bosnian landmine survivor
Since the start of this year's demining season, NPA's manual teams in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been clearing cluster bombs in in Gradacac municipality. Shortly after starting clearance, several deadly cluster munition remnants had already been identified.
Mr. Sakib Mujanovic, a landmine survivor from Mionica Brdo in Gradacac municipality, feels far safer for his family after NPA's demining teams started clearing cluster bombs at Parcela KO Mionica, nearby his home. "All the landowners and their families will be able to boost their income and make use of their land thanks to the work of NPA's deminers, who made it possible”, said Sakib.
The deadly cluster bombs have presented a hazard to the safety of the local population and landowners in Gradacac for three decades following the Bosnian war. Many people living nearby marked cluster contaminated areas take their life in their hands every time they collect wood and other necessities.
All the landowners and their families will be able to boost their income and make use of their land thanks to the work of NPA's deminers, who made it possible.
Sakib suffers the long-term consequences of being injured in a landmine accident in another area. During our visit, Sakib's wife expressed concern and uncertainty about Sakib's recovery from injuries and trauma, as well as how they would manage to feed their children. They are unemployed, so their farm animals are a vital priority to the family's survival.
Thanks to funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the community in Mionica Brdo will soon be able to live and work without fear. After handing over this task, NPA's demining teams in Bosnia and Herzegovina will move on to other areas across the country that are suspected to be contaminated with these lethal weapons.