Since August 2017, people from the village of Kruščica in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been fighting for protection of their river from planned constructions of two hydropower plants. For the locals, it would be a huge loss not only because of recreational reasons but more importantly they would be robbed of access to drinking water. Although they have the right to be involved in decision-making on the construction of those HPPs, the officials have wilfully excluded the public from the decision-making process, thereby violated the law. People then took justice into their own hands. Next to a crucial bridge over the Kruščica river, they built a shelter and have been watching over the river day and night ever since to protect the riverbed from the entry of construction machinery. People of Kruščica are determined, inspiring and amazing.
Photos: Markéta Šedivá / Arnika