Aging infrastructure, lack of employment and confiscation of private property are only some of those problems, was the conclusion at the meeting of returning citizens from the Una-Sana and Canton 10 (Livno) held in Prijedor. It was said that the revenants only have help from the Republic of Srpska and Serbia.

Fleeing the madness of war, Ilija Brdar and his family left the village of Lohovo near Bihać. He returned to his ancestral home in 2001. He and his wife make their living in agriculture. Life in Lohovo, he says, Is not easy. Since his return, problems have been piling up day in and day out.

“We have no public transit. Water supply is also a problem. Half the village has access to water, the other half doesn’t, and it has been that way since we came back in 2001,” said Brdar.

Possible solutions to years-long problems were discussed at the meeting in Prijedor, which would make it possible for returning Serbs to stay and survive in their ancestral homes.

“We discussed solutions to the issues of security and safety, how to prevent the confiscation of private property, and how to get work,” said Dragan Divjak, President of the Association of Serbs from the Municipalities of Bosnian Krajina in the Federation of BiH.

As it was emphasized, the problem of political representation in the canton institutions is the leading issue that all of the other issues returning Serbs are faced with stem from.

“Citizens returning to the Una-Sana Canton only have representatives in Bosanski Petrovac. This is the first time since the war that there are zero serbs in the Una-Sana Canton Assembly, and those zero Serbs are electing ministers and delegates in the Club of Serbs in the Federation of BiH,” pointed out Nemanja Davidović, President of the Municipal Assembly of Bosanski Petrovac.

Serbs returning to the Una-Sana Canton and Canton 10 are unable to cope on their own with the numerous problems they are facing, it was said at the meeting.

“Returning citizens must be given overall assistance. First of all assistance in the Republic of Srpska, and then assistance from Serbia,” believes professor Vladimir Lukić.

Professor Vladimir Lukić