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Thoughts from a Weekend in Srebrenica

Fellow Travelers, Going into this weekend I didn’t have the slightest clue of how much our trip to Srebrenica would affect me. I consider myself to have relatively tough skin, I don’t like to show my emotions in public, and I have a pretty high bar for hearing and seeing ...

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Srebrenica Part II: An account of one student’s shift in the perception of the future

I think about my future a lot. It is my favorite subject to dream about. Who will I be in five years or even ten? What will my children look like? Where will I live? How will I spend my free time? Will my passions stay the same? Since starting ...

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Resiliency as a Quiet Strength

This past weekend, my peers and I had the opportunity to return to Srebrenica as well as visit nearby Tuzla. The first person we met was Nura Begović, who is the Vice President of the Association of Women in Srebrenica and Tuzla. Her office is covered from wall to wall and ceiling ...

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Tuzla and Srebrenica

Last weekend, we went to Tuzla and Srebrenica to meet with survivors of the genocide. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for them to talk about such traumatizing experiences so I admire their courage. I often wondered what motivated them to speak with us, a small ...

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Genocide Revisited

This weekend was spent listening to a number of people who were and are prominent figures within the community of victims of the Bosnian War and more specifically of the Srebrenica Genocide of 1995. Each of the people who spoke to us, not at all surprisingly, struggled to tell us ...

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My Family is My Revenge

This weekend our cohort traveled to Tuzla and back to Srebrenica to hear personal stories of the Srebrenica Genocide. I soon realized I did not understand the impact the Peace March and Srebrenica had on me. I will discuss more of my feelings later in the post but on the ...

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Never Forget

This weekend was a strange weekend we were fortunate to meet with wonderful, warm, welcoming people who also were genocide survivors. In between rounds of coffee, meals, museums, bus rides, etc. they told us their stories. Each of their stories is horrific in its own way, and each emphasizes why ...

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Free Choice

This week’s topic is free choice but I’ve been having a difficult time deciding what to write about. All I’ve really been thinking about for the past week is the people that I met during the Peace March but I don’t feel that it’s appropriate for me to write about ...

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Journal #3: Srebrenica

Journal #3: Srebrenica   Last weekend we visited Srebrenica to commemorate the lives lost in the genocide, where over 8,000 people, mostly Bosniak men and boys were killed. I’m not the best at feelings, and don’t really know what to say, so I wrote this.   Seeing the white headstones, ...

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Free Write: An account of a student’s weekend excursion to Belgrade

A week ago I was in Srebrenica and this past weekend I was in Belgrade. The stark differences between the two locations were astounding. Visually, you go from wondrous rolling green hills to a gray concrete jungle. Emotionally, I was pulled. I had learned so much about the pain Bosniaks ...

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