Global Practice Bosnia

What am I doing???

“Francis, what are you doing with your life?” Here’s the gist of it. I’m spending my summer interning in Sarajevo with a non-profit called Fondacija Krila Nade (translated to Wings of Hope). The organization began in 1995 to help children whose education access had been affected by the war. Additionally, ...

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Accomplishments?

Perhaps my expectations of accomplishment were somewhat misguided by my systematic approach to work; here’s what needs to be done and here’s the sequential steps to completing the task.  I am used to having a phone sitting on my desk, Outlook on my computer, and relatively timely responses to my ...

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My family this summer <3

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The Power of Travel

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye Vacation wouldn’t be the correct term to explain my summer in Bosnia, since I’m working for my internship four days a week, every week we are here. For me, being away from the United States for an extended ...

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On names, places and war history

The above photo was taken from the bus on the way back to Sarajevo from Split, Croatia this past weekend. The window could have been cleaner, but the clouds were nice. I took the photo because the town was mobbed, and I was hoping my phone would geotag it so ...

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The Power of Place

For many reasons, the last thing I want to write about is Srebrenica. I’m still metabolizing what I’ve seen and heard. I don’t know how to write about the horrors of the genocide which occurred there, the senselessness of hatred, or the violence and unimaginable evil. Nor can I convey ...

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Srebrenica

Home: It makes me think of Sunday afternoon card games, the plants that have now created a small jungle at the house, and the Hello Kitty light switch in my room that has never been switched out after all these years.  Most importantly, it reminds me of my family without ...

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Walking in their footsteps

One week later and here we are in Srebrenica again. I thought I was prepared to come back, to visit the memorial, to hear stories from survivors, I thought, but I wasn’t. Those of us studying in Korbel, the International Studies school always joke that we don’t have feelings or ...

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Srebrenica

Initially, I was not thrilled about going back to Srebrenica because of the mental and physical exhaustion I felt the last time I was there. Srebrenica is the location of the only genocide on European soil since WWII, and the wake up call the world needed to end the war ...

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Organizing Chaos

April 1992- start of Bosnian Herzegovina Civil War and the beginning of the siege of Srebrenica by the Bosnian Serb army *Little to no access to the outside world resulted in shortages of food, clean water, and medical supplies. There was also no electricity unless people were smart enough (and ...

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