Monday, February 6, 2012

(29) Bosnia twenty years later a story of a child from Rogatica


1) Do you remember where were you when you realized the war was imminent? In the eastern part of Bosnia in Rogatica

2) Do you remember where you were when the war broke out? I was in Rogatica, then I was in third grade primary school.

3) Where were you when the war came to your town? Before the war started, out of fear we left our town and headed towards a village near Rogatica.

4) The most memorable event of the war for you was? Those who started the war, the fear, the first shootings. At first we could not believe this is happening to us. I will never forget the sound of guns, rifles, screaming women and children, to escape a hopeless situation.

5) What made you hopeless during the war? Hopelessness have contributed: Wandering without a goal, the hunger, cold, misery, homelessness and fear.

6) What gave you hope during the war? a) The fight for survival, white transporter that threw us sweets (UNPROFOR most likely), Merhamet who gave us food to eat

7) Did you lose anyone close to you during the war? no immediate family members, but members of the wider family

8) Were you wounded during the war? Where were you wounded? I was not wounded but my father was

9) Your biggest loss during the war was? A warm home, my childhood, Education, hope, friends, memories and vacations and simple normal everyday trips

10) What was the hardest part about the war? We lived a year in the woods. 1992-1993

11) Did you leave the country during the war? No

12) 20 years later, what do you think of what happened? Individually I saw the maturation of one type of PTSD (distrust towards the elderly, the crisis of identity, individual struggle against hatred, individual struggle against aggression)
- Collective I think it could've posiglo through.
1) dialogue projects, 2) projects of combating aggression 3) projects of intercultural understanding, 4) integrating into a society that is more advanced than any of us for 10 years, did much to educate

13) Are things better or worse than what you expected 20 years later? 20 years ago I dreamed that I am an independent young girl who has a normal life, now I can not expect anything. I still can not believe people end up in BiH are still some things are not normal. The legal system is desperate, the administration is even worse, the economy in BiH terrible, social and political situation remains unstable and the level of shaky premises. Education is at the level of the elite classes (people are educated and in the end not doing what they were qualified, but it is someone's son or daughter). Very little room for individual involvement, all projects and collective level.

14) Do you think war will return to BiH? Honestly no, because I do not believe that there will be war now, for 10 years, but for 20 that, because very few programs running in the direction of introducing a second and different (of course it has in the project, but they are at the level of personal satisfaction and satisfaction with each the same people who circulate in those teams). I think we should do more to intercultural exchange.
15) What do you think the future of BiH will be? The future of drug addicts, and without someone's help, the country that will never be able to collectively rise, because on the one hand and the citizens themselves do not like, and even those who come here and behave in a way, because neither profligate nor others do not respect her or her culture.


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