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.



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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. 


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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.