Teams from Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, who participated in search and rescue efforts in Turkey in the epicenter of Kahramanmaraş earthquake, which has been described as the ‘disaster of the century’, have been awarded a plate of appreciation for their dedicated work.
In Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, Prime Minister Dritan Abazović welcomed the 52-strong Montenegrin team who returned to the country on February 16 and presented them with an appreciation board.
Expressing that the human side should be strong in individuals, Apazovic said, “As the Bible says; “He who saves a life saves all mankind.” The team that left our country did a very responsible and self-sacrificing job. He said.
Abazović, who thanked all the participating teams in Montenegro, assured that they will continue to stand by the earthquake victims in Turkey.
The ceremony was also attended by Barış Kalkavan, Turkey’s ambassador to Podgorica.
Thanks to 12-year-old Mahanović, who was helped by selling tea
The Mayor of Sarajevo, Benjamina Karić, hosted search and rescue teams from the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the historic Vijecnica Library in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Presenting the Shield of Appreciation, Karić thanked the Bosnia and Herzegovina teams for their heroism and said, “While you were involved in the search and rescue efforts there, we also collected aid for the earthquake victims in Turkey.” He said.
While giving out special coins to the Bosnia and Herzegovina teams in Sarajevo, 12-year-old Karić did not forget Benjamin Mihanović, who is collecting aid for earthquake victims by selling tea.
Karić, who gifted a gold coin with Sarajevo’s coat of arms for his support of Mihanović, also thanked all the teams.
Thirteen teams from Bosnia and Herzegovina, totaling 234 people, participated in the search and rescue effort from the first day of the earthquake and rescued 26 people alive.
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