Fragile revival in Bosnia: Letter

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The Independent Online
Sir: I have just returned from a visit to Bosnia, where Feed The Children has been operating throughout the war and is still working hard.

There are visible achievements in Bosnia. Thanks to I-For, the armies have been separated and are in their barracks, and there are signs of a gradual return to normal life. It is now possible to travel freely the length and breadth of the country, as I have just done. With the coming of spring, people are busy digging, ploughing and sowing crops, and there is much house-repairing going on.

But an immense amount remains to be tackled. Ethnic hatreds persist. The armies are still there. Factories are in ruins, minefields are everywhere. Many thousands, not least children, are living in the most miserable conditions.

The wounds need time to heal. It would be tragic if all that has been achieved by Dayton and I-For, which is costing millions, were to be thrown away through a premature slackening of international concern. A particular focus must be the restoration of schools and kindergartens, many of which have been damaged, often destroyed. Success would help to produce the "peace dividend" which is badly needed.

Martin Ewans

Chairman

Feed the Children

Reading, Berkshire

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