Register | Forgot Your Password? | Close
AP: ap_9fd82360df37d413540f6a7067001e7d
A flooded cemetery in the village of Domaljevac near the Bosnian town of Orasje along river Sava, 200 kms north of Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Floodwaters receded Wednesday in Bosnia and Serbia, just enough to reveal the next shock: recovery from the historic flood will probably cost billions of euros that neither of the countries has. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)

PHOENIX -- A Valley church is asking for donations to help people in Eastern Europe whose communities have been hit by devastating floods.

Thousands upon thousands of people have been forced from their homes and dozens of people were found dead after epic floods devastated the Balkan region. Entire villages remain underwater and rescue efforts are hindered by thousands of dislodged land mines first placed in the ground during the Bosnian civil war.

"I'm from a village about 100 miles south of Belgrade," said Father Dragomir Tuba of Saint Sava Orthodox Church in Phoenix. "The area was hit, there's flooding in my hometown, not as bad as other towns."

Tuba is calling upon the kindness of the Valley to help people in his home country.

"It is our duty to for each one of us to help our fellow man, anywhere in the world," he said.

Currently, religious leaders of the Balkan community -- made up of Serbians, Bosnians and Croatians -- are reaching out for the community's help. They have scheduled the following events to collect aid:

Monetary donations will be accepted at Saint Sava Orthodox Church in Phoenix every day from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Monetary donations and supplies will be accepted at the Islamic Center in Phoenix on Friday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. through May 27th.

To learn more, go to the group's Facebook page.

Sandra Haros , Reporter

share this story:
Attention KTAR.com Comment Users: We have recently changed our comments boards.
We would like you to be part of the conversation and The Voice of Arizona by logging in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing KTAR (Arizona Sports) account members will need to create a Disqus account or use one of the aforementioned social media logins. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus

World Class Arizona

  • Dignity Health

    World Class People. World Class Company. Excellent care, delivered with compassion, for all in need.

Voice For A Better Arizona

  • Family in Focus

    KTAR spends the week taking a look at the issues a modern Arizona family faces.