Berina (Bosnian) from Sarajevo is only 21 years old, but she is already very involved with the issues in and around her country. By participating in workshops on democracy and peacebuilding, she hopes to make a real contribution not only towards improving the current situation, but also towards gaining a better understanding of how the circumstances in which she finds herself could ever have happened.
While sitting at home she talked about her family and how they were affected by the war. Her grandfather was murdered in a small village near Srebrenica.
Ever since she was a little girl, Maja (24), from Banja Luka, has been active in different human rights organisations. Having completed her political studies, she is currently looking for a job. Ideally she would like to enter the world of politics, but the corrupt system and the ethnic divisions in Bosnia make it very difficult for her to achieve this goal. She is adamant that she does not want to be part of the existing system however, to ensure that she is still able to work in politics – which is where her heart lies – she has decided to organise the marketing strategies of the different political parties. This way she doesn't have to choose sides.
The only thing Maja remembers about the war, when discussing it with her parents, is that she and her mother had to flee the country. Her father is Muslim and was held captive in a camp. After the war, the family was reunited and they returned to Sanski Most.
By interning at a marketing agency, Maja hopes to gain the experience and knowledge she needs to realise her goals. Previously she had a short career in the media as a weather reporter, but after refusing to tell her boss which ethnic group she belonged to she was fired. Maja is half Croatian and half Bosnian, but grew up in the Serbian city of Sanski Most. Ethnicity remains a sensitive subject in Bosnia Herzegovina, especially for individuals like Maja who has a Bosnian dad and Croation mother.
Maja is much more sceptical than Berina (from Sarajevo). She believes that another war will break out and this is why she wants to move to the US the second she gets the chance.
Vladimer (Croatian) is 28 years old. To bring the different ethnic groups together, he became the director of the only independent youth centre in Mostar, called Abrasevic. He got involved out of frustration with the government and their lack of interest in the upcoming generation. This youth centre is the only place where young people of different ethnic backgrounds can come together and talk without things becoming heated.
Mostar is divided into Croatian and Bosnian areas. At the centre of this divided city stands a famous bridge which was completely destroyed during the war.
Vladimer doesn't intend leaving Mostar. He feels compelled to improve the current situation in his country and will do everything in his power to do this.
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