Hidden Poverty in Bosnia

Look at the homes in rural Bosnia. Don’t they look large and inviting? Look again!

Don’t think that the size of a Bosnian home is a sign of wealth. It’s common for homes to still have damage from the war, with holes in the roofs and windows. The population is small, so land is plentiful, but unfortunately in Bosnia, this is not a measure of wealth but means of a burden for a home that can become like freezing cold and damp prison.

This is what makes extreme poverty in Bosnia hidden, as tourists often see homes that look large, surrounded by land, without noticing the damage and derelict state of the homes and the suffering of the residents within.

To live in a home with holes in the roof and windows and dampness in the walls is only a step above being homeless.