BOSNIAN SUPPORT FUND

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REFUGEES
In the spring of '92 the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina declared independence from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Shortly afterwards a considerable part of its population had to flee form the war which then broke out. About 100,000 of them fled to Slovenia, the northern most republic of Yugoslavia which had achieved independence a few months earlier. Trains and buses packed with people began to arrive by the thousands, and an emergency welcome programme was put into action. People were received and registered, then taken to buildings which had previously housed soldiers or workers or even tourists. These were to serve as 'temporary' refugee centres...and are still there today.
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There are now about 7000 Bosnian refugees left in Slovenia. Some of these are students who have managed to obtain grants, some are families who are too afraid to return to their homes which are now in the Serbian part of Bosnia, most are old and sick people who cannot return. Many still live in those same refugee centres together with the more recently arrived refugees from Kosovo. The Bosnian Support Fund still helps those refugees left in it's adopted centre and those who have returned home, with money for food, medication, school supplies and occasionally, course fees.
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