Hundreds of New Year's packages prepared in Sarajevo for Ukrainian children | War in Ukraine

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Hundreds of New Year's packages prepared in Sarajevo for Ukrainian children | War in Ukraine

Prepared by residents of Sarajevo or students from their schools, hundreds of packages were delivered to the Museum dedicated to childhood in war.

Prepared by residents of Sarajevo or students in their schools, hundreds of parcels were delivered to the Museum of Children in War in the Bosnian capital, to be sent to Ukrainian children for the New Year.

< p class="e-p">Inspired by a story told as part of the museum's exhibition, this operation, launched in early December, resulted in the collection of more than a thousand parcels, AFP told Thursday an employee, Mirela Geko.

They will be sent in the next few days to be distributed to children in Ukraine and those who have taken refuge with their families in Poland, ten months after the ;Russian invasion of Ukraine.

“Even though these packages may seem too small to us […], for these children it is huge, because they are now living in the cold conditions, deprived of essentials for life, without the possibility of player. I think those who were children during the war in Bosnia from 1992 to 1995 can understand that.

—Mirela Geko

She herself was 5 years old when she received a package sent by a Bosnian refugee girl in Denmark. That moment remains one of his most vivid memories of the siege of Sarajevo.

For a moment the war had stopped for me, everything bad around me had disappeared, and I felt like I was at the center of the world. This is precisely what we would like to achieve with this operation: to show the children of Ukraine that they are for us the center of the world, says Mirela Geko, who is now 34 years old.

Sarajevo citizen Ana Mocnaj talks to a museum employee. She brought a package with much the same contents as the one she had received in Sarajevo during the war.

Parcels delivered over the past few weeks are piled up in the rooms and corridors of this museum dedicated to children in the war, especially in Bosnia, but which sometimes also exhibits collections sent from other corners of the planet.

< p class="e-p">Most of the packages are nicely decorated, and some are stamped with a Ukrainian flag or a message, like Nejra's wishing her unknown friend all the best for the New Year. An, may she be loved, healthy, happy and at peace.

Ana Mocnaj, 35, came to bring a package for a 14-year-old girl. She put some drawing materials in it, a necklace, a scarf, a hat, chocolates and cookies, roughly the contents of the package she herself had received in Sarajevo during the war from Marie, a Frenchwoman, who had also written him a letter of encouragement.

At that time, it was really something special for me, I thought that I had a friend somewhere. It's an opportunity to return this nice gesture, says this French teacher in a school in Sarajevo.

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