Reflections on youth peacebuilding work in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
BiH’s public sector is not only draining resources, but it is also abusive.
A selection of photos taken in Sarajevo during the unusually late snowfall in spring 2017.
Whilst overall democracy is eroding in the Balkans, a sense of active citizenship at the grassroots has the potential to balance out this backwards development.
Former Yugoslavia’s WW2 monuments give the world a tangible anti-fascism history lesson. However, their symbolism and artistic value are currently at risk, due to decay, ignorance, and oblivion.
Emigration from Bosnia and Herzegovina has reached very high rates in the past three years. This has led to serious implications for BiH’s society, economics, politics, and demographics.
After three months of community research, we completed the globalgiving storytelling project in Sanski Most, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Mili, a brave and determined young person from the small town of Priboj in BiH, had an ambitious project idea which many deemed impossible: building a community financed tennis court. Mili tells the story of how they did it ‘their way’.
Visiting a social support centre meant that local volunteers got to hear the stories of some of the most disadvantaged residents of Sanski Most. Forgotten war veterans. Struggling mothers. ‘They have nothing more to lose’.
After beginning the globalgiving storytelling project, we realised many standard methods did not work in our specific context. When reflecting on the the process, I collected a list of challenges and opportunities for applying the storytelling methodology to Sanski Most.