THE CITY RED CROSS DISTRIBUTES 10 000 HOT MEALS// 11. 1993. • SUKRIJA VODOPIC// THE CITY RED CROSS
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The City Red Cross
THE CITY RED CROSS DISTRIBUTES 10 000 HOT MEALS
‘The City Red Cross joined up with the International Red Cross Committee in order to distribute 10,000 hot meals to the most disadvantaged citizens. That day we made ready 50 additional locations, besides 10 permanent Public kitchens, to minimize the risk for the citizens. It means that in fact we brought those hot meals nearer to their homes. It should also be mentioned that we had 1,900 old and bed-ridden people, so we engaged young people who were risking their lives to get food to the old ones, sometimes even 15 floors up.’
• The French UN battalion helps residents of Alipasino polje with repairs, house painting, expelling water from their basements, and bringing materials for the supply of gas.
• Death of the great Italian director Federico Fellini.
• ARBiH in conflict with the troops of Fikret Abdic in the area of Velika Kladusa.
• For weeks the city is without electricity, water, gas and humanitarian aid. The situation is worsened by the BiH delegation’s refusal to sign the peace agreement.
• The First Corps of the ARBiH issues a decision to abolish the HVO General Headquarters in Sarajevo, integrating the HVO brigade “Kralj Tvrtko” into the ARBiH 1st Corps. George Soros visits Sarajevo.
• George Soros visits Sarajevo.
• The HVO destroys the old bridge in Mostar.
• Massacre of students in Sarajevo. Classes are suspended until security measures are introduced
• UNPROFOR discontinues its service of accepting and sending letters on behalf of Sarajevans. In Split, 50 sacks of letters addressed to the people of Sarajevo are thrown into the sea.
• Another massacre of the citizens of Sarajevo.
• Presidency member Ejup Ganic refuses to receive Thorvald Stoltenberg.
• On the occasion of the massacre, American President Bill Clinton states: “The only thing we can do, if Sarajevo is shelled heavily is to receive approval by the UN for NATO and the U.S. to use airstrikes.”
• Rules introduced for the holding of classes: school sessions last 15 minutes. From December 24th till March 1st the students will have a break. Regardless there is no heating.
• Exhibition of the Sarajevan paintings “Witnesses of Existence” at the BiH Art Gallery.
• U.S. Embassy on November 10th relocates to Vienna.
• A joint declaration signed on the free movement of humanitarian convoys.
• A convoy carrying food for Sarajevo from Macedonia is held up because of ice and snow on Vlasenica. It consists of around 20 trucks. The Children’s Embassy appeals to UNPROFOR for aid.
• Symposium held on war medicine: “Medicine during War '92-'93”.
• A package arrives in Sarajevo of 960,000 candles from the Czech Republic worth about $48,000.
• The convoy of food from Macedonia is stopped in Pale.
• In Geneva, negotiations continue.
THE RED CROSS BUILDING AND THE “SUTJESKA” CINEMA
The Red Cross building and the “Sutjeska” cinema are located across the street from the City Assembly at what was one of the most dangerous crossroads in Sarajevo. In spite of the highly visible Red Cross sign the building was completely destroyed. Within its burnt walls artists and sculptors opened a long-running exhibition “The Witnesses of Existence”. Its visitors were offered hot tea which during the waterless, cold Sarajevo winters, was quite an event.