October 29, 2010

We helped the family Zmiric from Krajina

Report: Milos Jovanovic, Austria / Diocese Dalmatian / / ACCOUNTS /

The Austrian humanitarian organization Serbs for Serbs conducted on October 23 another humanitarian action in Serbian Krajina. They visited the village Miranje Gornje in the Benkovac municipality, and helped the Žmirić family.

 


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The Austrian humanitarian organization Serbs for Serbs conducted on October 23 another humanitarian action in Serbian Krajina. They visited the village Miranje Gornje in the Benkovac municipality, and helped the Žmirić family.

 

The family had exiled from their homeland, and went to Prizren. However, after the begining of a new war, they had to run again, and they found themselves in the „promised land“, in the U.S. state of Arizona. At first, all of them were employed, but the economic crisis has left them without their jobs. Thus they have managed to collect enough money to come back home. However, the situation is difficult. Dušan married the American Samantha, and now they have five children, , Kasandra (7), Kristina (6), Dijana (5), Dušan (3) and Aleksandar (1), and twins on the way. Dušan’s parents also live with them.

 

The house where they live is in a very bad condition, because they are virtually roofless. Thus all the help SFS managed to collect, 825 euro, was spent for the construction material. Our assosiation managed to get 300 euro, another 425 was provided by the donors from Vienna, and an anonymous donor gave another 100 euro. The help was very much needed, since the family Žmirić has not yet managed to get the so-called guaranteeed rights for the returnees – health and social insurance, and the renovation of the refugee houses is being done selectively – the elderly without progeny are the first to get it, while Dušan and his family have to wait. They are the only Serbian family that live in Miranje Gornje, which is divided into two distinct parts – an old village, distanced from the road, and a new settlement along the highway.

 

Dušan plans to cultivate the land and get the financial stability for his family. The soil is very fertile, and there are potentials to grow organic food. Some people from Australia gave him the tiller for the cultivation of land, and Dušan himself dug the pool for the irrigation of land. It is worth mentioning that Dušan and his father are renovating the house on their own.

 

The SFS organization plans to help this family during the next visits to Krajina. Apart from money, we gave them the books “Children's Gospel” and “Holy Prince Lazar and the Kosovo pledge”, clothing and footwear, sweets and fruits, toys, and a package of sanitary supplies.

 

We use this occasion to express our gratitude to the Serbian National Council that helped us to organize and implement this action, and the abbot and entire fraternity of the Krka monastery for the extraordinary hospitality and the support they showed for our work. We ascertained of the difficult position of the Serbs in Krajina, the ruined homes and various types of pressure and violence to which the Serbs here are exposed.

 

 

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