How children see the floods
How children see the floods: Experiences of the 'mother heroine', stand-up about politicians' statements, increase in potable water prices...
Ljubana is an eleven-year-old girl and her house in the village Pisari near Šamac was flooded during the floods that occurred in Bosnia and Herzegovina in May this year. They managed to save most of the items, they even saved domestic animals, and her mother managed to bring her and two of her brothers to their grandmother's place in the nearby village that had not been flooded.
Some of the neighbors also listened to her advice and managed to save household items and animals. Ljubana says that all of that is the merit of her mother Soka who decided to listen to the advice of the owner of a local gravel pit who, having seen the news about other regions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which had already been flooded, predicted that Šamac and the neighboring area would be hit by the highest water wave in the last 150 years.
Due to all this, Ljubana decided that her one-minute movie as part of the workshop on one-minute movies entitled 'OneMinutesJunior', which is implemented by the Foundation for Creative Development from Sarajevo with the support of UNICEF for the purpose of providing support to flood-affected areas in Modriča, should be focused on the endeavor of her mother and should be called 'Mother Heroine'.
''We listened to this man's advice and brought out everything on time. We put the animals on grain silos, the household items on the first floor, some toys of my younger brother remained and were destroyed, but he is about to start school, so he is no longer playing anyway'', Ljubana tells us. Her brother Slaviša, who is a year older, also participates with her in the workshop.
''It was terrible and dad could not find high boots. When he managed to get them, he went to the village and helped others'', remembers Slaviša.
Ljubana says that when she first heard about the workshop, she had no wish to attend it:
Her movie is entitled ''One Man's Loss is Another Man's Gain'' and she will show how water prices changed over night and increased simultaneously with the increase in the water level. In addition to this movie, Jovana also participates in the movie of her school friend Nevena from the village Zasavice. During the flood, they had not been able to meet, since their villages were literally cut off from the rest of the world and one from the other. Nevena therefore decided to make a movie about it.
Jovana says that her village was a true island in the midst of the floods.
''We managed to save ourselves on time, I was in the town Babešnica until the water receded. Almost everything has been destroyed'', says Barbara.
Valerija, Teodora and Hazim from Modriča are somewhat older than other workshop participants, but the two girls will start the first grade and Hazim the second grade of secondary school this summer. They are here because they like movies and acting, and they usually spend their free time at the premises of the Association 'Future', where they volunteer at the day center.
She says that her house has not been flooded this year, but it had been flooded 2010, when the river had also overflown its banks.
Movie scenes are shot by the children at the premises of the Association, some of them are shot outside, and in some they use the premises of the 'Child-Friendly Space' on the first floor. It is one of the 21 'Child-Friendly Spaces' that had been opened jointly by UNICEF, Save the Children and World Vision over the past period for children affected by the floods in Šamac, Modriča, Maglaj, and Doboj.
Children from Modriča and surrounding neighborhoods and several villages near Šamac will make 10 short movies in five days in order to present in one minute their opinion about the natural disaster that occurred in Bosnia and Herzegovina in May and that affected most of them also personally due to the fact that their houses, schools and playgrounds were flooded. The children come up with topics, make the movies and act.
''That is the least that I could have done for my children after the floods. They went to an excursion, now to this workshop, and my youngest son is also going to one of the workshops. It is important to keep the children away from all of it, in order for them to forget the floods and everything that happened'', says Soka while the children get in the car and go home full of new experiences.