Saturday, April 04, 2020

April 4th. the International Mine Awareness Day.

I have been learning a lot during the last year, collaborating with the Norwegian People's Aid (NPA) on land mine clearing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the nearby region, has brought an important perspective to why this is such incredibly important work. There are still mines and other explosives littering the landscape. Many live in a situation where their lives are affected by this unseen threat. And, many people gets injured and even die every year. All this happens, more the 20 years after the wars in this region ended.

April 4th. marks the International Mine Awareness Day. A common goal is to be free land mines by 2025- if this is to happen, it will be absolutely vital for all parties to collaborate, work together in a focused way. More than that, it is important for the men and women who works in this business to get back to work as soon as possible.

Work in progress.

A team from the NPA office in Sarajevo, BiH has been clearing the site of cluster munitions and is nearly finished in Montenegro.

The area is contaminated is right along the airport and some parts that has been cleared is inside the airport area.
  
Branco lives on his small farm right next to the airport. Large parts of his filed is contaminated.

Despite contamination, the area  has been used for agriculture since the war in the region ended more than 20 years ago. 
On our vist 2 weeks ago, 3 explosives were found in 2 days. 
A break and a brief before the afternoon activities start.

The site cleared is in and around the airport in Podgorica.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

World Water Day 2020

March 22 marks the World Water Day. This year, the focus of the day is access to water and climate change as stated in this message from the OECD

In Rwanda, a country who is rapidly modernising and improving when it comes to economy, infrastructure and generally speaking quality of life, still, 5 million people does not have direct access to fresh water.

A water station near Kigali, Rwanda, 15th July 2019.

 #photography #storytelling #photojournalism #worldwaterday #nikonpro #rwanda #nikonz6

Thursday, January 23, 2020

At the Prosthetic leg Workshop.

On a rainy and cold December day last year, I visited the Prosthetic Organisation in the Zavidovići municipality, outside Doboj in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I was travelling with colleagues from the Norwegian Peoples Aid (NPA) who is one of the major partners working on clearing landmines in BiH.
An early model of the prosthetic legs made after the war in the 1990's.

The Prosthetic Organisation is led by Amir Mujkic and and is also run with the help of  Nisvet bećirević,  Džeil Ćosić and Izet Muhić. Zoran panić is also involved as the President of the local Landmine survivor organisation. They are all elected to do this job by the members of the organisation.
All of the people working at the factory are landmine victims themselves.

In 1993, the RVI (war and military disabled persons) organisation established a prosthetics factory in Zavidovici municipality, to help people who are disabled by landmines.

The factory has since produced more than 1000 prosthetic legs and the majority of legs are for people injured by landmines and other explosives of war.

The workshop is located in a public building shared with other organisations, including the political party SDP.
A prosthetic leg can be made in one day, if all the material is available.
Amputees needs to replace their prosthetic leg every couple of years as they will cause sourness and discomfort overtime.  

Amir Mujkic is the leader at the Prosthetic Organisation in Zavidovići.  
Zoran Panić is the head of the Association of Amputees.
Zoran Panić got injured 1992 from antipersonnel landmine in the village of Vozuća, municipality of Zavidovići in BiH.
Public money has been allocated in order to provide prosthetic legs to survivors.
Nisvet bećirević, Zoran panić, Džeil Ćosić and Izet Muhić.
More to come on this.



#landminefre2025 #mineaction #npa #bosnia #demining #nikonz6 #nikond850 #nikoneurope











Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Pollution, Winter, Sarajevo. Part 2.

The app that tells us the AQI values describing air pollution continues to give values of over 300 in Sarajevo these days- it translates to: “Hazardous Effects on the entire population”. While watching a reportage about the forrest fires in Australia  it was mentioned people were getting worried in Sidney due to the degrading air quality…it reached 167 AQI.  Driving into Sarajevo, this is what the polluted morning looked like.

I wonder when finding a solutions to this will be on the agenda. It is urgent.

The football stadium and the sport centre Zetra can be seen in the smog bellow. 
The sun is breaking through the smog early morning near Vogosca.
The sun is breaking through the smog early morning near Vogosca. 
The sun is breaking through the smog early morning near Vogosca. 
One of the main problems to the pollution is the way people heat their homes. Many uses coal. Old diesel cars adds to this problem.
It is recommended that people wear masks with such high level of pollution. Or stay at home. 
As humidity raises, the pollution stays with the morning mist. 
Not easy to see the city laying in the background.
Few people are wearing protective masks. Healthcares issues can take years to be noticed.  
Solutions are possible, political will is necessary. The parliament building is across the street in this building. I am photographing from outside Hotel Holiday...just opposite the parliament. 


#photography #pollution #airquality #bosnia #sarajevo #fujifilm #x100f #reportagespotlight 

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Pollution, Winter, Sarajevo.


The forecast says it will start clearing today- I hope it will, the pollution in Sarajevo has again been record high during the last few days, it’s great to see what a bit of rain can do. Saturday morning, the atmospheric matter levels in Sarajevo reached the value of 503, according to the Air Quality Index, easily beating the rest of the world... It continued to stay way above 300 during the rest of the day, causing “Hazardous Effects on the entire population”.  I wonder when finding a solutions to this will be on the agenda. It is urgent.




View overlooking Sarajevo on Saturday, January the 11th 2020 at around 11:00.
The sun peeking through the pollution.
Fairly empty streets of Sarajevo. Low temperatures and high pollution. 
Fairly empty streets of Sarajevo. Low temperatures and high pollution. 
Fairly empty streets of Sarajevo. Low temperatures and high pollution. 
The view overlooking Sarajevo is normally clearer than this. 
Fast walking, it is recommended to either wear masks or stay indoor when the pollution is very high.





Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Landmine survivor Zoran Panić

Landmine survivor Zoran Panić, was born in 1973. He got injured 1992 from antipersonell type of landmine in the village of Vozuća, municipality of Zavidovići in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Today he lives in the city of Doboj with his wife, one son and one daughter. Zoran is engaged within the Association of Amputees and serves as the president of all amputees in the region of Doboj, in Republika Srpska.
Zoran Panić at home adjusting his prosthetic leg.

Zoran Panić at home



#landminefre2025 #mineaction #npa #bosnia #demining #nikonz6 #nikond850

Friday, November 15, 2019

Landmine survivor Petar Petrušić

Landmine survivor Petar Petrušić was born in 1968. He got injured in the village Ševarlije-Doboj, Republika Srpska during reconstruction of railway. The accident was caused by antipersonnel type of landmine PROM-a, in 2011. It caused him serious injuries in his arm and on his stomach. Three other workers were injured and 2 were killed. Today Petar lives in the village Pridjel- Doboj with his family.

Landmine survivor Petar Petrušić sitting outside his home.
Petar Petrušić helping his son picking Kiwano fruits from his greenhouse. 
Petar Petrušić helping his son.
It caused him serious injuries in his arm and on his stomach.

#landminefre2025 #mineaction #npa #bosnia #demining #nikonz6 #nikond850

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Landmine survivor Osman Huskić

Osman Huskić walked on a landmine on April 6, 1996 as a returnee to the village near Doboj in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has had 7 surgeries on his leg and is living with his wife and two children.

Osman Huskić, landmine survivor.
Osman Huskić has had 7 surgeries on his leg.

#landminefre2025 #mineaction #npa #bosnia #demining #nikonz6 #nikond850

13 Arts- Bhutan

The Arts of Embroidery (Tshemzo)  is considered one of the 13 traditional arts taught in Bhutan. It was traditionally crafted only by men with religious background. The techniques origins from China and Tibet and was, and still is, used for banners and ceremonial clothes. Today girls are taught embroidery in the National Institute of Zorig Chusum in Thimphu where these photographs were taken in 2014.

Students at the National Institute of Zorig Chusum in Thimphu
Students at the National Institute of Zorig Chusum in Thimphu
Students at the National Institute of Zorig Chusum in Thimphu


#bhutan #art #embroidery #photography #tradition #13arts #ReportageSpotlight #nikon

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Landmine free 2025

The Norwegian People's Aid just outside of Sarajevo does a very important job training dogs to become mine dogs. The trainers shows amazing contact with the dogs and efforts are done in order to help achieve the goal of making Bosnia and Herzegovina mine free by 2025. I continue to look forward to work with these guys in the coming months. 
A trainer in action with their daily routines.

#landminefree2025 #npa #norwegianpeoplesaid #photography #dog #dogtraining

Friday, May 17, 2019

A little bit of Help!

Jennifer Stone-Wigg (MBE), born 27th march, 1942, was born in England but have been based in Lugano, Switzerland for over 5o years as well as in Bosnia during the last 25 years. Her focus during the last 25 years, since the war in Bosnia, has been to help those who needs it the most. During that time, she has organised about 50 lorries of goods. Here is a link to her project on www.100-days.net.
Jenny helps carrying goods that have arrived from Switzerland with a lorry.
She has helped schools, such as putting in a water tank, chemistry lab and library. She has supplied schools with about 100 computers. She brought 14 war paraplegics with medical staff to Switzerland for check-ups and a holiday. We invited 24 children with only one parent to Switzerland for a holiday. 

A family near Sarajevo receiving food packs from Jenny.
A family near Sarajevo receiving food packs from Jenny.
A family near Sarajevo receiving food packs from Jenny.

We are distributing food packets and supporting about 100 poor and sick children with economic assistance. We also buy sandwiches for children who are unable to afford them in various schools. 
Also, local refugee centres have received help from donations through the projects run by Jenny.
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Blankets, toys and other materials have been delivered from Switzerland and distributed at a refugee camp near Sarajevo.
The material is stored and distributed rapidly as stocks are low and temperatures freezing during the winter in Sarajevo.
There are many children at the refugee camp. The conditions are poor, although services are improving, as shown here during activities. 
Jenny with students who are helping her, visiting a family benefitting from her help.

Recently, she lost one of her main donors (The donor now supports a local project in Italy). Jenny very much wants to complete current project that she has committed to next month. 


From this fall, she will be continuing her efforts from her apartment in Lugano, this way she is cutting cost and hope  to continue her work. Remember, all money raised goes directly to her project helping children all over Bosnia. 

The son in this 4 person family is diabetic from he was 9 years old. He lost his sight completely at the age of 25. Before he lost his sight he was a talented artist and craftsman. He used to build wonderful houses from matches and we used to sell them for him in Switzerland and Italy.
He also loves animals and birds in particular.
He has 5 birds and the eggs are collected and serves him well as they are good for his immune system.
He has 5 birds and the eggs are collected and serves him well as they are good for his immune system
The living conditions of this family is not good, but still better than in the past. The mother was abandoned by her husband with three children, a boy of 5, a boy of 4, a boy of 3. Unable to pay the rent, she was thrown out her house. The children were badly beaten by their father and the boy of four cannot see well due to the father beating him on the head early on in his life.
The eldest son has a hair lip and is going to be operated the day after our visit. The children appear "stressed" and hard to manage.
More to come...


#bosnia #poverty #help #100days #switzerland #children