June 10, 2015

SFS stopped at Jarinje!

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Source: /KoSSev Agency/ /B92/ /Kurir/ /NSPM/ /Koreni/ /NDJ/
Healthcare center vehicle from Kosovska Mitrovica, which was transporting humanitarian shipment – equipment for maternity ward of hospital in Kosovska Mitrovica, was returned this afternoon from the former Jarinje administrative border crossing, which is now an integrated crossing. The shipment was returned because the hospital in Kosovska Mitrovica “does not have the operation license of the Republic of Kosovo,” explained a customs officer to the delegation accompanying the shipment – representatives of the Student Parliament of the University of Kosovska Mitrovica and the organization Serbs for Serbs. The students and activists of the Serbs for Serbs waited for four hours to cross the co called integrated crossing, but with no success. They only managed to “save” the shipment from being confiscated by the Kosovo customs officers and they managed to transport it to a Serbian town nearest to Jarinje – the town of Raska. Sterilizers, scales with altimeter for measuring newborns, ECG devices and pressure gauges will be stored there most probably until another temporary humanitarian solution is found, which is how health centers and hospitals in the North are supplied with medicines and other medical supplies from Central Serbia.

“We spent four hours at the border crossing. All documents, prepared by the organization “Serbs for Serbs,” are valid and they clearly state the list and origin of the goods, i.e., that this is a humanitarian shipment. The healthcare center did us a favor by providing the vehicle for transporting the aid, but the Kosovo customs officer immediately told us that the shipment was not allowed to cross the border, because the hospital in Kosovska Mitrovica does not have the operation license of the Republic of Kosovo.” This is what Nemanja Bisevac, representative of the Student Parliament of the University of Pristina with a temporary headquarters in Kosovska Mitrovica, said for KoSSev in a telephone statement from Raska.

Nemanja says that they anticipated possible problems at Jarinje, which is why, days before sending the shipment, activists of the “Serbs for Serbs” were engaged in providing all the necessary documents needed from Serbia, and students from Kosovska Mitrovica, through the Mayor’s office, contacted the EU office a week earlier and presented them the details, but the EU office indirectly assured them that there “should not be any problems,” since it was a humanitarian shipment.

“Today we were lucky, because we managed to make an arrangement with the Mayor’s office to save the equipment from being confiscated, and transport it here, in Raska,” added Bisevac.

The equipment for the safe birth of newborns from Kosovska Mitrovica is stored from today in “private accommodation with some relatives” and will wait for the temporary humanitarian solution, in order to be transported to the hospital in Kosovska Mitrovica in the following days.

The shipment, worth about 8,000 Euros, comprises sterilizers, scales with altimeter for measuring newborns, ECG devices and pressure gauges. The Charity organization “Serbs for Serbs” raised funds for helping the maternity ward of the hospital in Kosovska Mitrovica in a recent “Trojka iz Bloka” charity action, well-known throughout Serbia, which was held in Northern Kosovska Mitrovica, and through funds collected from donations to a special SMS number.

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