“My work colleague became my new neighbour today”: A further 15 displaced families receive keys to new RHP homes in Istočno Novo Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Istočno Novo Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 17 August 2023 – As the Regional Housing Programme (RHP) approaches its end, a further 15 vulnerable displaced families received new RHP apartments in Istočno Novo Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) today. In total, thanks to the RHP, close to 2 800 homes for most-vulnerable and displaced families have been completed in BiH.
In addition to the beneficiaries themselves, the event was attended by Sevlid Hurtić, Minister for Human Rights and Refugees of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Davor Čordaš, Director of the Republic Secretariat for Displaced Persons and Migration; Ljubiša Ćosić, Mayor of Istočno Sarajevo; Stefan Almehagen Sandstad, Deputy Head of Mission at the Norwegian Embassy in BiH; Jovan Katić, Mayor of the Municipality of Istočno Novo Sarajevo; Bernadett Macskasy, Programme Officer in the UNHCR Country Office in Sarajevo, and Nermina Džepar-Ganibegović, RHP Country Housing Project Lead Manager at the Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees of BiH.
Minister Hurtić noted that while the Regional Housing Programme had come to an end after more than a decade, the work of the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina would continue: “It is morally right that we solve the housing situation of every displaced and socially vulnerable family, in order that they have a roof over their heads, and no longer need to think about paying rent and can move on in life,” he said.
One of the beneficiaries, Milan Bajović, was delighted with his three-bedroom apartment, which was perfect for his family of four. “My wife and I are overjoyed – each of our two children will have their own room,“ he smiled. “And I was so pleasantly surprised when I found out today that my work colleague was my new neighbour.″
Finally, on behalf of the UNHCR, Bernadett Macskasy reflected with satisfaction that every house and apartment under the Regional Housing Programme had been the result of the hard work and commitment of all stakeholders from international and local levels, in partnership across the Western Balkans region.
- 17 Aug, 2023
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