The week continues..

It’s been just over a week since my arrival into Sarajevo. What a week. I feel as though I have been here for months with people I have known the majority of my life. In reality I have only known the majority of these girls for about a week. It ...

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Blog 3, Take 2

In class we often talk about mindfulness and living in the present moment. Attempting to understand how to do this while in the grip of grad school and work is almost impossible. Before I came to Bosnia I wondered if I would ever be able to accomplish some sense of ...

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The Story of Srebrenica

These past two days have been eye-opening and an emotional whirlwind. We visited the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), which has assisted Bosnia and Herzegovina in accounting for 90% of those reported missing from the July 1995 fall of Srebrenica. There were over 8,000 lives taken during this fall ...

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Day 3 without luggage…

These past few days have been the most difficult to process and I’ve struggled completely to put into words what we have experienced as a group. It feels as if we are constantly having “you had to be there” moments. Aside from that I am dealing with the cultural barriers ...

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Time Flies

Hiking to a remote medieval village and spending a day in Tito’s bunker were some much-needed respites from the difficult days we’ve had in Bosnia recently. After speaking with genocide survivors and advocates, exploring the wilderness and touring a museum were both welcome breaks from the emotional heaviness that has ...

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“Identification is halfway to prosecution”

While traveling to, and out of Srebrenica, we were able to meet different people and organizations that are critical to providing even a slight element of comfort to those who had lost loved ones in the Genocide. We first met with the International Commission of Missing Persons, or ICMP, an ...

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Heavy

The last two days have been hard. Hearing people tell their stories and experiences has made everything we’ve learned about the last few months real. We know horrible things happened. Now we see a glimpse of someone else’s pain, and just those glimpses are crushing. We visited a building that ...

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Is truth enough?

International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in Tuzla and Srebrenica: The recent genocide that occurred after the fall of Srebrenica in 1992, is unique in that DNA technology has since been implemented to reveal both the number and identity of those lost. The ICMP has been able to successfully identify ...

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Potocari

I will struggle to describe the emotions that occurred when we traveled to Srebrenica. It was sad, frustrating and bewildering. It was also so amazing to see the resilience of the people who lived in Srebrenica and had experienced the Genocide. While in Srebrenica, we heard the stories of a ...

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Whirlwind of Thoughts and Emotions

It is incredibly difficult to express the powerful emotions and experiences of the past three days. The beautiful hearts of each of the people we met had such strength and love after all they have endured throughout the war and the years after. We started stumbling into the bus with ...

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