Global Practice Bosnia

Leaving

I haven’t started packing yet, so it hasn’t quite hit that we leave tomorrow morning. The last two weeks have flown by, and yet the amount that we have learned about this country and each other feels like it could have only taken place over a full summer. Here are ...

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Bosnia

Contemplating my time in Bosnia is difficult, as it has been filled with so much information and so many different emotions. I think of the quote, “To see it is to understand it”, and while it seeing it has provided me so much insight into the genocide, I don’t think ...

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War Crimes Court

Attending the war crimes court invoked a mixed emotional response; on one hand, it was encouraging that some of the perpetrators of the genocide have received sentences for their crimes, it is also angering that not all who participated are tried for their participation in the genocide. Also, it is ...

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Farewell for now…

How do you even begin to say farewell to Sarajavo? For starters I first would like to acknowledge the group of women I have had the privilege of sharing this experience with. Their openness to express themselves and their understanding has helped me to process in my own way. Our ...

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There are no right words

I write this in Sarajavo age 29 and approximately seven generations after the genocide of Dine people along with many other indigenous peoples. I find myself disappointed with my major lack of understanding before coming on this trip. I see myself as an advocate for indigenous people and seek social ...

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Hvala Sarajevo

Where do I begin… I cannot believe it is our last day. I have many emotions running through me. I’m sad because I have become great friends with so many of the ladies and we have had such a great time together. So many laughs and tears but although our ...

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Responsible Tourism

How do we honor and support the people of Bosnia without participating in exploitation and voyeurism? I once went with a team to build houses for homeless families in Mexico. On our way home, we stopped at Disneyland. I remember feeling badly about having fun at such a lavish place ...

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Thank you Bosnia

The past two weeks have flown by. It seems like just yesterday that I was frantically running errands and spending hours upon hours preparing for my trip abroad. Now I sit here and write my last blog post, sipping my last cup of Bosnian coffee and taking in that last ...

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The Journey Continues

I continue to be amazed by this new world around me. The streets themselves have so much to tell as they yearn for people to understand what they have been through. What surprises me the most is how the Bosnian people open their arms so willingly to others. They truly ...

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Strength and Solidarity

The past three days have been a whirlwind to say the least. From driving to Tuzla and visiting the International Commission on Missing Persons and the Women’s Association, to spending the night in Srebrenica, then spending the day at the Genocide Memorial Center and eating dinner with some Bosnian officials, ...

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