Amidst the covid-19 pandemic, Senior Fellows Kerim Hodžić, Emin Fafulić and Merisa Okanović managed to organize a 5-day event ‘Stazama budućnosti’ for 8 participants in Tuzla, that covered some of the main problems that local Roma people face on everyday basis such as racism, institutional and social discrimination, stereotypes, lack of media attention and hate speech.
Through a series of lectures from experts in these fields and Roma activists the participants of this event learned what are the key problems of Roma people in Bosnia and Herzegovina and took time to create their own local initiatives to help this cause. Through one month of preparation Senior Fellows took time to conceptualize an agenda that connects topics to each other and evaluates the one before it. With the help of Youth Movement Revolt Tuzla this project was assembled for implementation.
‘The Paths of the Future’ included lectures, discussions, workshops and a movie projection, covered various topic regarding the position of Roma people, their language and culture in Bosnia and Herzegovina. All 8 participants gained new knowledge and are actively taking their time to create initiatives that are closely connected to the topics covered.
Sarajevo is known as Jerusalem of Europe but I can’t seem to see that appreciation and mutual respect among different ethnicities. As a person who went to elementary school with Roma kids I have seen how badly they were treated among peers and teachers. That type of experience has been something that marked my childhood. I just wanted to take part in long term integration process and help our fellow citizens because they need it.