In pre-war days, drug taking was rare in Yugoslavia. Then came the war which brought misery and drove people under bombardment to seek escape in narcotics.
The post-war hardships, a poorly organised police force and an incompetent, corrupt judiciary contributed to huge increase in drug taking and trafficking. Aggravating the problem was a heavy flow of narcotics transiting through the Balkans to Western countries.
Youth in Bosnia & Herzegovina are the main targets for dealers. It is estimated that about 30 per cent of Bosnians aged between 14 and 18 years take drugs.
For this dramatic increase in drug taking, experts blame the post-war uncertainties, displacement of families, the transition to a free market economy, the growing influence of the West, and just plain boredom.
are an educational asset in girls' lives. Research findings show that
many high school female athletes report higher grades and standardized
test scores and lower dropout rates, and are more likely to go on to
college than their nonathletic counterparts
The ladies' handball club, Lokomotiva, was formed on the 12th February 1964 in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina. It initially started as a small team of handball enthusiasts, and over time, through extremely hard work and good results, became one of the biggest and most popular Ladies' handball clubs in former Yugoslavia.
With the fall of Yugoslavia and the beginning of the war in 1991, Lokomotiva ceased to exist. However, the desire for re-establishing Lokomotiva was always there and grew stronger every year. So, finally on the 25th of May 2004, mostly due to, the hard work of sport and handball enthusiasts Omer Omerovic and Mevlida Turudic, former player and Project Director of Cradle Tajma Kapic and it's director Svenn Braamark, Lokomotiva was re-established again.
Presently the club has around 50 female members between the ages of 14 and 17 and another 60 young girls in the handball school. Lokomotiva is currently competing in the Premier League on the national level together with 11 other female handball clubs.