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South East Europe Development Solutions
Vejsil Kapić survived the war. When it was safe, Vejsil, his wife Samira, and their two children Amir and Selma, returned to their village. They built a small shed to live in while they rebuilt their house. Vejsil earned money by gathering firewood in the forest with his brother. One day, the tree they cut down landed on an anti-tank mine instantly killing his brother and throwing Vejsil about 50 feet through the air.
When they found Vejsil on the gournd, they initially thought he was dead. When they brought him to the hospital, the doctors did not think they could save him actually pulling the sheet over his head. But one of the doctors saw Vejsil's wife and children, Samira, Amir, and Selma in the hallway and felt compelled to try to save Vejsil. His face was maimed beyond recognition.
They saved Vejsil. The love of his family saved his spirit. An organization of private donors called Connecticut Friends of Bosnia rebuilt their house and paid for reconstructive surgery for Vejsil that was partially successful. In 2005, BILD contributed towards a barn to help his family become self-sustaining. Each year since, BILD staff, volunteers and friends visit Vejsil and his family. Private donors help by contributing towards livestock and medical bills for Vesjil's on-going medical challenges. For 2010-2011, BILD is focusing our assistance on helping with the children's education.
Vejsil and Samira's daughter Selma and son Amir
Selma with the family's cow. The family barn has had a horse, two cows, goats and chickens as a means for generating food and income for the family. Currently, the family has chickens and is about to invest in another cow.
BILD staff delivering supplies to Vejsil and Samira's home which was built by a group of private donors called Friends of Bosnia Connecticut.
This video shows the joy we bring to each other’s lives, helps a person see the ways of one Bosnian Muslim family, and ends with a reminder of the context of the challenges that face Bosnians of all cultural backgrounds.