Roma in difficult situation

Deputy Head of EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr Renzo Daviddi, sent a letter to BiH Minister of Human Rights and Refugees, Mr Safet Halilovic, Herzegovina-Neretva Canton Prime-Minister, Mr Denis Lasic and Capljina Mayor, Mr Smiljan Vidic, drawing their attention to the difficult situation in which 31 Roma citizens, including 14 children, live in a settlement near Capljina.

The recent tragic death of Ajla Adzovic, a six year old Roma girl who died when the wooden hut she lived in with her family went on fire, is an unbearable tragedy of poverty and exclusion and has fully exposed the inhumane living conditions of the camp, Daviddi said, adding that the settlement is located near a garbage dump with no basic sanitation, electricity and running water.

Deputy Head of Delegation called on the three officials to intervene and take all the necessary steps to ensure that basic living conditions, including adequate housing solutions, are provided for vulnerable Roma.

The European Union earmarked 2.5 million Euro in IPA 2011 for the implementation of Roma Action Plan which should help marginalised Roma communities.