No Country for the Needy: Bosnia Fails to House its Displaced

Milena Mitrovic Rogatica, Zvornik and Sarajevo

How Bosnia’s neglect of its wartime displaced foreshadowed its latest humanitarian crisis.

Many collective centre residents have given up hope of being re-housed.

On Easter Sunday 2010, Angelina Jolie came to the eastern Bosnian town of Rogatica and performed a miracle. The Hollywood star had been touring the country in her off-screen role as ambassador for the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. At a makeshift shelter in a former school building, she was introduced to Lena Babic, an elderly woman who had lost her home in the Bosnian war 18 years previously. The women communicated through an interpreter – Angelina speaking of her children, Lena of her long wait for a new home.

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