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Controlling arms, preventing violence

"When I was 10 years old, two of my friends and I headed to a schoolyard to play football, but on our way there we stopped at an abandoned house full of weapons.  One of my friends called us to show us what he had just found.  While we were approaching, he activated the wasp and it ex more

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Energy Efficiency Programme Generates Huge Savings

Early in 2011 the energy-efficiency team in the Croatian Ministry of Justice was alarmed at abnormally high rates of water use recorded at Lepoglava Prison, a penitentiary dating back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. A probe of the underground pipes identified a huge leak that was fixed with a repair more

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Helping low-income Croatian households save money on energy

In a single afternoon, Miroslav Horvat and his family received the advice and equipment they needed to save them hundreds of euros each year. Energy advisors from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) installed energy-saving light bulbs, applied adhesive tape to their windows to prevent he more

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Solar power restores electricity to remote Croatian village

“The milk that we produce, we cannot sell,” says Mileva Desnica, who lives in the small village of Ajderovac in Croatia. “We don’t have electricity for a refrigerator, so we can only store food in the cold room for a day or two at most.” The municipality of Gračac where the village is located was cu more

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Surviving wartime sexual violence

By Jasmina Papa It was a sunny, crisp March morning in 2012. Arriving to Vukovar, in Eastern Slavonia, a town that is believed to be the site of some of the worst atrocities that took place in the 1991 to 1995 war in Croatia. Traces of shelling and bullets are still visible on some of the buildings. more

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Symbol of Vukovar regains its beauty after 22 years

The best-known architectural monument in central Vukovar, Workers' Hall, which was demolished in 1991 during the three-month siege of the city, regained its former splendor under a €1.64 million project. The project, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) over two years, comp more

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Witness support offices help to deliver justice

By Sunčica Pleština "As an employee of a retail chain, to my greatest regret, I was the witness of an armed robbery. It was an extremely traumatic experience that forced me to change my job," writes M. K. in her letter to the President of Vukovar County Court. "Four years after the ev more

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Youth as builders of a common future in Croatia

By Juliette Delescluse Many small yellow houses from the Austro-Hungarian period with an often worn-out facade; some newly built white or pink houses with sometimes closed roller blind with the owner living in Germany but visiting his homeland country during summer; a large number of medium-size hou more

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