BiH was shaken by the story of an 11-year-old from one of the hamlets of Donji Agici. In fact, he and his grandmother live in a heavily dilapidated house that has no bathroom or water, often no electricity. It takes five kilometers to get to school every day. Four years ago his mother left him. She took Dejan’s younger sister with her and went into the unknown. Even today, he does not want to have contact with his son.There is no bus to Dejan’s house. Instead of the road, it is lead to the school by two kilometers of paved paths and three kilometers of muddy and tattered macadam. The 11-year-old crosses the terrain twice a day, either in winter when the path is snowy or in the autumn when the Sana River has become flooded due to rainfall. “When you live in one of the hamlets in Donji Agici, your closest neighbors are not humans, but animals,” Dejan Zorić told the program Checked on Croatian New TV.
“Sometimes a bear appears here, but I’m not afraid of it. I come home and wait for the bear to leave. There may be many here, but I’m not scared,” says the boy, who lives 20 square meters. “It’s nice to live in the countryside, but the house is very bad. It was built when my great-grandfather was my age, maybe even younger.
Dejan’s grandmother, Stan, who is the biggest support of her life, is convinced that she could care for five more children like Dejan. “The child just needs to clean up and wash things, he knows everything else himself. He writes his own tasks and dresses himself.”
“I added my mother on Facebook. She did not accept my request”
Dean’s father and grandfather work in the mine, so they spend more time at work than at home. Dad sleeps nearby. In a small house that used to be a barn while grandparents share a couch. Grandmother Stana says that because of leg pain she sleeps in a sitting position, so “it’s not too comfortable”. For the past four years, she has taken on the role that Dejan’s mom has given up.
This one suddenly quit four years ago. One morning, she took Dejan’s younger sister Dejana and disappeared. “When she left, her sister was four years old. I never saw her again,” said Dejan, who still doesn’t know the reason why her mother left. “I found her on Facebook. I sent her a friendship request, but she didn’t accept it. I knew she would do it, so I had no special feelings.” The boy admitted that he did not know what he would say to his mother if he saw her, but he would certainly ask her to return his sister.
The worst is when he comes out of school. Sometimes it comes back in tears. She says all his classmates have a brother or a sister, and although she knows she has a sister, she doesn’t really have anyone, “says Grandma Stana, who says the memories come to life most on Fridays when she and her granddaughter usually baked a pie. “When Friday comes, I’m dying,” Stana said.
The coaches have launched a charity campaign
“I go 20-25 miles on Tuesdays and Thursdays because I attend karate training,” says Dejan, who impressed coach Milan Jovanovic with his will. “Today, there are few children like Dejan. We are very grateful, especially in the present day when virtually everything is available to children. It is very difficult to see another side where an 11-year-old boy has practically nothing,” Dejanov emphasizes. coach.
Not only did Jovanovic want to come to terms with helping Dejan buy sports shoes and kimonos, he and his colleague, football coach Vlad Marjanovic, decided to launch a campaign to help Dejan. “The ultimate goal is for Dejan to be in his house by Christmas. I think we are well on our way to making it possible,” Marjanovic said. They want to buy a prefabricated house on the land near the road and closer to the school. So he would finally have his own bed and room. But by far he wants to live under the same roof again in the company of his younger sister.
The forecasts for the realization of the construction of a new house are good. According to the organizers of the charity campaign, practically enough funds have already been raised.
Today we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 20 November 1989. Slovenia is one of those countries that is firmly committed to the rights of the child and their well-being. According to UNICEF young ambassador Arja Ela Hvala, Slovenia is achieving great results on numerous scales that monitor the quality of life of children. However, there are still 45,000 children living below the at-risk-of-poverty threshold, and unfortunately children are also tormented by ‘open hatred, intolerance, racism and discrimination’. “
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