Bosnia-Herzegovina suffered immense material losses—both human and material—after the 1992-1995 war. Vast improvements have been made since then: Between 1998 and 2008, poverty fell from 20% to about 14%.
Then the global financial crisis hit, followed by a double-dip recession in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Food prices rose. More than one-quarter of the workforce is now unemployed, and that number rises to well over one-half for young people — one of the world’s highest youth unemployment rates.
Still, improvement continues in other areas. Between 1980 and 2014, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s life expectancy at birth increased by 6 years, and expected years of schooling increased by 2 years.
Bosnia-Herzegovina was the first country Islamic Relief USA responded to, providing vital emergency assistance in the form of food, water, and clothing to survivors of the war. In the war’s aftermath, Islamic Relief also rebuilt homes, schools, and places of worship destroyed during the war. In recent years, IRUSA has offered support to flood survivors, orphans, and the elderly.
Here’s just a sampling of recent efforts for families in need across Bosnia
As much as we’ve been able to accomplish, there is still so much more to do. If we work together—with YOU—we can make the vision of a better Bosnia a reality for so many more of our sisters and brothers in need.
$1,000 can help build innovative water and sanitation facilities
$250 can distribute life-saving medical aid to those suffering from disease
$50 can provide vital food packages to families suffering from starvation