Please, please, PLEASE! It costs you nothing to read and reblog. Thank you.
For several days now, my country, Serbia, as well as its neighbors Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, have been battling one of the greatest disasters in their history. Because of devastating floods, several cities and villages have been (and are still being) evacuated, the number of casualties is still not final, the damage is immeasurable and countless people have lost their homes and everything they’ve ever had.
Quite sadly, the media coverage of our situation is not extensive, active or intense enough, outside our region.
However, we have discovered the true power which social media can have, and much of what has been done to help in this time of dire need - was thanks to social media and the internet. With this powerful tool, we are sharing valuable information about missing persons, places where volunteers, food, water, clothes, equipment and medication are needed, where urgent rescue is needed, where animals saved from the flood can be sheltered. People share contact information to offer their homes for evacuated victims, to offer free rides and trasport for both people and supplies. We are receiving valuable help in the form of donations to our Red Cross organizations. We are truly and fully discovering how great a help the internet can be.
Still, the bad news is - the crisis is still far from over for us.
Another surge is expected in Serbia these days, which hopefully we will be prepared for, as much as we can. In parts of Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia - the flood has caused massive landslides and might continue to do so, making damages even more serious. In some places, the water brought snakes with it, and in others - something much worse: the landslides, along with the soil being loosened by overwhelming amounts of water, have uncovered landmines planted during conflicts over the past decades. Not only are we facing damage done by water and dangers brought forth by it, we are also facing the fear of what comes after the floods - a very harsh reality of cleaning up our countries and trying to restore them as much as it is possible. A job which might just turn out harder than the one we have now, because it will take a very long time, extraordinary efforts and hard, dedicated work, as well as the same kind of unity we have all shown these several days - only to rebuild what was destroyed, fix what was damaged and get Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia back on their feet.
That is why I want to reach out for help, to one of the greatest, most populated and active sites on the interwebs - tumblr. It doesn’t matter if you just share this post to raise awareness, so that people would at least keep us in their thoughts or say a prayer for us, or if you donate as little or as much as you can to one of the verified flood-relief causes for Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.
Awareness is welcome, because the more attention our situation gets - the more help we can hope for from outside governments or official sources. For now, it seems that (apart from surrounding European countries) much of the world is underinformed and not nearly aware enough of the proportions of our disaster and the trouble we are in.
As for financial help and donations - they are MORE than appreciated. If you can, please donate. The amount doesn’t matter. Under our circumstances, we are grateful for every last cent. What means almost nothing to you, would surely mean the world to the people of my country.
I barely have any followers, but I am hopeful that maybe a couple of them will take a few minutes to read this and an extra second or two to at least reblog, so maybe some kind people will see and share this further or help us. I know there are a LOT of kind, compassionate and humane people on tumblr. That is what I am relying on and what gives me faith that tumblr is a good place to reach out for help from fellow humans.
I thank you all in advance, for your attention and your time and your kindness in reblogging this.
The following are safe places where you can make donations, if you can.
-Official Paypal account for the Serbian government:
The account belongs to the Serbian Diplomatic Mission in Brussels. All donations are automatically transferred to the Serbian government’s special account for flood relief.
-Official Serbian Red Cross page for flood relief donations:
-Official Croatian Red Cross page for flood relief donations for:
Affected areas in Croatia:
And their page for donations which are transferred to the flood relief funds of Serbia and Bosnia:
-Official Bosnian Red Cross page for flood relief donations (not available in English, at the moment):
Update: You can also donate for Bosnian flood relief by using the “donate” button on top of this page of the Bosnian Government’s site - http://www.mvp.gov.ba/default.aspx?template_id=43&pageIndex=1
You can also donate via the charity foundation of Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic. Please visit the site for ORGANIZED AND DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT SEVERAL WAYS how you and people you know can donate:
Update: The United Kingdom’s Red Cross organization has started collecting donations for the flood-affected areas in the Balkans.
Here is their page where people can donate.
THANK YOU, UK!!!
Here is a link to the International Red Cross page report about the disaster:
Thank you all, again!
Update: I can not begin to express my gratitude, love and admiration for you kind people of tumblr. Thank you SO MUCH for spreading this. If only 1% of the people who read it, decide to donate and help - it already makes a difference for our countries. Thank you, again, a billion times and PLEASE, KEEP REBLOGGING.
Update 2: Apart from financial donations - the evacuated victims, people who still remain in the most severely affected areas and all the hardworking volunteers also need supplies. Priorities are antiseptics, disinfectants, medical masks and gloves, clean drinking water, diapers and baby food, canned food, disposable (cardboard or plastic) plates, cups and utensils, medications. Also, miscellaneous things such as deodorants, soaps, coffee, wet wipes, underwear and socks, plain and comfortable shoes (especially male footwear in bigger sizes), food/old blankets/collars/containers/anything for rescued animals. If you can’t afford to donate money, but would like to contribute and have some of these things but no longer need them - please collect them and inquire at your local Red Cross/charity organizations if they would be willing to receive and ship them. Most of these things can be donated and shipped without issues, however - medication is sensitive and needs to come from a reliable source, such as medical facilities or Red Cross organizations. Check if yours accept donated meds from civilian citizens. If you know a pharmacy, or any institution which legally distributes medications and would like to join a very serious, good and humane cause by donating even a small amount of medications - tell them to contact the Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian Red Cross, the Novak Djokovic foundation, any of our governments, or simply just let me know and I will do whatever I can. Medications should not be past their expiration date, and the most needed are meds for hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, coronary/heart diseases, asthma, sedatives, antibiotics, pain killers, Aspirin and other pain- and fever-relieving medication, suppositories for babies and children. Centers in which the evacuated people are staying give shelter to hundreds, some even to well over a thousand victims and volunteers. Many of them have spent a lot of time in the water and the cold, are traumatized, chronically ill or old. Even though they are in a safe place, they’re still in danger of being sick and medications could mean their lives for many of them.
It is an overwhelming feeling to know that a small effort you made, meant an incredible difference in the lives of people who’ve already lost nearly everything. I promise you, whatever you do - you will not regret it. You’d be helping children, parents, old folks, farmers, art enthusiasts, dreamers, people who belong to all the fandoms you’re in, people who might end up making a difference someday, themselves… If you’ve ever thought about unity, it’s times like these (sadly) when it is the strongest. Being part of it and showing solidarity, like many of you already are, will NOT be forgotten and you will always have true, grateful friends in our people.
I apologize to everyone for all the updates and the length of this post. Many thanks to everyone who has the good will and patience to read through all of it.
I also apologize for the tags which don’t belong. But, I hope you understand how much we need this to be seen. As much as I am ashamed of having to resort to using those tags - our countries don’t have the Doctor, the Winchester brothers, the mother of dragons with an army of Unsullied, the defense squad of Hogwarts’ finest students and teachers, or any other valiant, heroic fictional character which would come to our rescue. All of those characters, for us, are in real people right now. In most of you guys. Please, be a savior today. The least you can do is reblog, and even that matters.
Update 3: The Novak Djokovic Foundation is reported to have received around 600 000 dollars, so far. Amazing! People are so great!
But, please, very sadly, this is still not nearly enough. Just in one of the smaller places in Serbia, Bajina Basta, the damage is estimated to about 20 million euros, at this point. Please keep sharing and raising awareness!