The consequences of the trans-generational trauma, from the crimes committed during the war in the Cazin region (Bihać, Velika Kladuša), are mostly left unexplored. Although some efforts have been made to address these issues in academic work, there have been no real projects aimed at directly involving young people experiencing the trans-generational stagnation of the reconciliation process.
Senior and EDVACAY fellow Lejla Bašić-Hrnjić, EDVACAY fellow Majda Alagić, and Senior fellow Alma Hasanbegović use an innovative approach to address the current situation and cultural trauma arising from past conflicts in this region – a platform for various forms of conciliatory dialogue – which should prevent young people from succumbing to the established pressure from their environment.
The goal is to gather young people in a safe space for dialogue about coping with the burdens of young people living in the region. Participants will engage in an intensive discussion and exchange views on the recent past and the memory of it; they will also have the opportunity to record video confessions, write about their experiences, show their creativity, and report on the use of plain language rather than an academic analysis of the situation. This will be particularly useful to individuals belonging to the youth population who need to feel accepted in a regular culture to develop a sense of belonging and inclusion. This should facilitate a sense of common identity and further contribute to the reconciliation process. Ultimately, the team wants to provide the young people in Bihać and Velika Kladuša a new opportunity to be involved in the past and promote healing within the region, which is otherwise completely neglected in terms of resolving trans-generational traumas within activist projects.