Year of the river keepers: People have been guarding for 365 days

2. 8. 2018 - KRUŠČICA
The story of Kruščica had flown across Europe
© Andrew Burr

A village in Bosnia and Herzegovina. One year ago, local people stood against the unjustified destruction of nature. On August 2, 2017, the people of Kruščica decided to occupy the bridge over the stream of the same name, for the river is threatened by the construction of two dams.

The river keepers have their own river due to heavy machinery. On its bank, there is a wooden shed, which they assemble, bring food and drinks for the guarding neighbors, and they did not leave even during the winter months when the outdoor temperatures dropped to 15 degrees below zero.

 

By the end of August 2017, the villagers were attacked by a special shelf unit in order to clear the driveway for the private construction company. The event, during which the quietly protesting women were harmed, drew the attention of international institutions and made the two-thousand-year-old village famous in the media all over Europe. On that day, people plan to celebrate their success.

PHOTOGALLERY: People from Kruščica

Recently, a major breakthrough occurred in the case. In June, the court annulled the environmental permits for controversial projects because the public was not properly informed and did not have the opportunity to comment on major changes in their near environment. The river is irreplaceable for the region-- it supplies drinking water not only for Kruščica, but also larger cities in the area. In addition, it is used by farmers, and used to swim in the lower kilometers of the stream.

Arnika's team visited Kruščica in June. The coordinator of the Bosnian project, Zuzana Vachunova, made the following summary video on this occasion.

 

English subtitles available in the video