Bosnia is a beautiful country with a rich history and culture, turquoise rivers, charming hill towns and warm, welcoming people. This captivating place was ravaged by war and genocide in the 1990s. The Bosnian War, which took place from 1992 - 1995, was a conflict that illustrates issues of historical oppression and long standing ethnic and religious clashes. The extent of genocide and other war crimes is still being determined. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), over 100,000 people were killed, 12,000 of them children, up to 50,000 women were raped, and 2.2 million were forced to flee their homes.
The efforts to establish and maintain peace are ongoing. Work focusing on human services, reconciliation and recovery remain a tremendous need due to many factors, including: pervasive PTSD, economic-related hardships, thousands of missing persons and casualties still not identified, complicated legal and political issues hampering the investigation by the war crimes tribunals, and women’s issues related to the intentional and strategic use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.
The resilience of the Bosnian people will be explored through education about the efforts to move forward after the end of the war. Students will have the opportunity, through a social justice lens, to gain insight into these issues that have implications for future work locally, nationally and internationally.
This international internship provides students with the unique opportunity to learn firsthand about post-war Bosnia. The social, cultural, historical, political, economic, religious and ethnic characteristics of the former Yugoslavia will be explored as context for studying the genocide that occurred in the l990s.