Malaysia gives $39,000 to aid Bosnia flood victims

Malaysia gives $39,000 to aid Bosnia flood victims
For the children: Rosmah handing over the mock cheque to Bukvic (right) during the ceremony at Seri Perdana in Putrajaya. Looking on is Prime Minister's Department deputy secretary-general Datuk Othman Mahmood.

PUTRAJAYA - The Global Children's Wellbeing Fund has contributed US$30,000 (S$39,000) in aid of flood victims in Bosnia-Herze­govina.

The charity's patron Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said an estimated 1.6 million people were affected in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, including over 50,000 children following severe torrential rain brought by cyclone Tamara in May.

"As the patron, I am aware of the enormity of the challenges that the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina are facing.

More importantly, I am concerned about the children's safety and welfare.

"We hope that this contribution during Ramadan will help ease the suffering of the Bosnian people," she said during the cheque presentation ceremony at Seri Perdana to Bosnia-Herzegovina Ambassador to Malaysia Tarik Bukvic.

Bukvic said the floods had submerged a quarter of his country and had brought great damage to homes, agricultural produce and also caused loss of jobs.

He hailed Malaysia as a close friend, even during the 1992-1995 Bosnian conflict.

"Malaysia has contributed in so many ways (and) was among the first to join the construction and rebuilding efforts in Bosnia-Herzegovina," Bukvic added.

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