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The Democracy & Peacebuilding in Bosnia & Herzegovina youth camp in Prijedor

The Democracy & Peacebuilding in Bosnia & Herzegovina youth camp in Prijedor

The Democracy & Peacebuilding in Bosnia & Herzegovina youth camp in Prijedor was organized from the 2nd until the 9th August by the organization Most mira as a weeklong course which has engaged students in history, political context, and processes of change in BiH since the Dayton Peace Accords in 1995.

The Democracy & Peacebuilding in Bosnia & Herzegovina youth camp in Prijedor
© Most Mira and forumZFD

The program was attended by 10 participants from all around Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also two international students took part.  Students have participated in workshops designed to expand their understanding and knowledge of peacebuilding and its challenges in a society burdend with the legacy of mass violation of human rights such is Prijedor. Peacebuilding was addressed by side visits to place of mass violence of human rights including locations of mass graves and detention camps (visit to Trnopolje commemoration on the 5th and Omarska commemoration on the 6th August). Workshops that elaborated links between gender and conflicts were also organized. One workshop was designed to raise awarenes about environment issues in post conflict societies.

As part of this program, participants of the camp will also develop a local artistic intervention in form of a youth theatre play which they will write, plan and organize with the support or local and international artists. The theatre project will serve as a safe and creative space where children and young people from Bosniak, Serbian, Croatian and other backgrounds can reflect on the current situation and symbolically portrait a life of young persons and families affected by the war in context of the dealing with the past process in a city such as Prijedor. 

Participants of the camp have also participated in the process of collecting responses to the community survey about peacebuilding in Prijedor. The survey includes demographic questions (age, gender, ethnicity) in addition to questions about civic participation (registered to vote, donated to parties, participate in organizations). Other questions ask respondents about local perceptions of inter-ethnic relations and peacebuilding. This survey is being organized by the organization Most Mira and participants of this program since 2013.

Short reflections on the camp can be read in the news section of the DwP-balkan.org web page.

forumZFD office in Bosnia and Herzegovina supported the program of the camp and will support the development of the youth theatre project which will be organized from September until December this year.

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