It has been two weeks since disaster struck the Balkans region. And, with flood waters having almost completely withdrawn, it has become clear just how destructive it was. The death toll from floods and landslides has reached 51 in Serbia (25), Bosnia and Herzegovina (24) and Croatia (2), not including those who reportedly died of natural causes and the dozens still missing.
Sports arenas and school facilities continue to accommodate thousands of evacuees still awaiting their fate. Some are still not able to return home due to safety reasons; others have nothing to return to.
They must start from scratch...
The ESN family understood the scope and graveness of the situation. ESN Serbia, ESN Bosnia-Herzegovina and ESN Croatia joined forces and initiated a “SocialErasmus Solidarity for Balkans” project – a series of charity events and awareness-raising activities. They invited other ESNers across Europe to join the action. The response was overwhelming!
Local ESN sections in Bulgaria, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Greece and other countries have organized a variety of fundraising events. The outpouring of support and compassion proved once again just how united the Erasmus Student Network is.
A couple of days ago, ESN BelUPgrade members made another small, but meaningful contribution. We collected water for one of the shelters in Belgrade. Each water bottle carried a message of support, love and encouragement for the evacuees.
We hereby wish to express our utmost and deepest gratitude to everyone who helped. THANK YOU.
(Written by Maja Dragičević)