Community Voices: CF-ers share their outlooks on recent developments

by CF Team on 1st June, 2014 at 6:31 PM CEST

From the floods in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia to Soma accident in Turkey and the peak of tension in the country; furthermore to the news we could read for instance in the Huffington post: “One has a leader with a swastika tattoo, one wants to rid his entire country of Muslims, another has a founder who suggested releasing the Ebola virus on migrants. This is the class of 2014, the parties set to enter the European Parliament as part of the Union's most eurosceptic, far right, anti-immigrant intake of all time.” These were only part of some of the devastating and unpleasant experiences, and headlines that the world could see over the news in the past month of May, 2014.

As everything may seem to go more and more crazy from month to month; all faster and faster; all forward and not always so smart, the CF team approached to few community members and asked them to share their own personal outlooks to some of the experiences that directly affected their countries and asked how they personally revived some of these experiences. 

Nihada Prnjavorac, CFer from Bosnia and Herzegovina voices on the recent devastating experience of the floods in the Balkan region: “It is hard to imagine how water can destroy cities, roads, houses, people's lives, memories... everything on its way in just minutes. It is even harder to see the city you were born in vanishing under the gallons of dirty water and mud. The hardest thing, though, is to know there is nothing you can do to stop it. That is what really hurts. Our beautiful rivers, which we were always proud of, turned against us.

And while people in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia are beginning to clean what is left of their homes, the whole region is working together to help. Solidarity and compassion united people once again, as the nature was showing its strength.

Although help is coming from all sides of the world, these people will still be homeless long after the media lose their interest in the disaster. They lost their houses, hospitals, schools, roads, parks, farms, animals, literally everything. Some of them lost their loved ones. For all of this to be even worse, the landslides in Bosnia moved mine fields from the war endangering people even more.

Yes, the consequences of the floods will remain for a long time and, just as a friend of mine said, we should not let it slip our mind, not even just for a second.”

CF-er Mila Petrović from Serbia shared: "When a natural disaster like this is about to come, you actually don't believe that it will happen until it hits you or someone close to you. I didn't myself, until a friend of mine who I was about to meet that evening, called to cancel because she urgently had to leave Belgrade in order to bring water and help her family save the house in one of the towns which was flooded and from where she comes.

The water swallowed whole towns all over the region, tens of thousands of people and their children lost their homes. I see these consequences every day, since people who lost their homes still live in the sports hall where I used to train until the flooding happened. Maybe the floods are over, but these people are just about to fight the toughest battles of their lives during the next months.

picture courtesy: portal Slobodna Evropa

CF-er Anida Cmanjcanin from Bosnia and Herzegovina stated: "This is the worst natural disaster in my living memory! I had a huge luck not to be affected by floods physically, but it's a really heartbreaking situation for all of us. Thousands of people are being evacuated and although the water has begun withdrawing there's increased life-threatening risk of illness from water pollution and water contamination; shifted and floating mines; landslides. People need food, water, medicine, cots, blankets, generators, water pumps..."

For those affected in the floods, you can help by continually raising awareness on international level and raise international donations that are essential for the people in need. For more information about delivery and bank account please contact Red Cross or the respective embassies in your country.

In Turkey, on 13 May 2014, an explosion at a coal mine in Soma, Manisa caused an underground mine fire, where in total, 301 people were killed out of 787 workers who were underground at the time of explosion during the mine’s shift change. And Turkey has been passing through a dramatic period in the recent period anyhow. After Gezi protests in Taksim square which led to the direct attacks of police to civil society and resulted with many innocent people dying, the Soma event that the country witnessed only brought extension of the existing tension.

CF-er Damla Aktan from Turkey shared: "Although the reason of explosion is still under investigation, the poor mine-safety conditions are told to be the basic reason of the explosion and high number of deaths and injuries. Many people criticized the way the current government rules, reacted against the events and protests took place in Turkey, for their one-sided taken decisions as if the country is being ruled by a dictatorship.

A nation needs a government that listens before reacting, that includes instead of excluding, that shares aside from discrimination, and that provides life conditions instead of death risks. The words of our Prime Minister stating that 'death is among the destiny of miners, that is something normal and usual'; the actions taken against the miner protesters trying to reflect their conditions, really disappointed large parts of the Turkish nation, and so it is believed to threaten the Turkish solidarity and republic, and perceived as non-democratic."

Stay tuned!


Edited by: Stefan

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Andreja Kodrin (C:F Management)

Andreja Kodrin (C:F Management) | Action team | CF Chapters

Thank you all to bring distant news in the form of personal experience.

2nd June, 2014 @ 4:31 PM CEST

Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

its a very inspiring piece of writing for all of us (CFrs).

Thanx to share your experiences with us.

4th June, 2014 @ 7:10 PM CEST



Thanks for sharing.

4th June, 2014 @ 7:21 PM CEST

Udoka Chiefe

Udoka Chiefe | Action team

Mila's right when she writes that when a natural disaster like this comes, you don't believe that it will happen until it hits you or someone close to you.

Thank you for telling us your stories about what has been happening. It's more real than what a news channel can tell us

5th June, 2014 @ 7:07 PM CEST

Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

u r right Udoka.
thnx for comments

7th June, 2014 @ 4:44 PM CEST

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