Replanting Hope in the Flood Plains of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Long lines of light grey clouds almost completely cover the sky above the small town of Srebrenik. The air is heavy and dry; giving the impression it is about to pour down at any minute. “People here still live in fear of heavy rains“, says Senad Hasić, one of the inhabitants. The deep fear stems…

No Home To Return To

Tiny rooms with two beds and closet, lit with white neon lights on army base near city of Tuzla are now home for 92 people who lost everything in record-breaking floods that hit Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Armina, a 17-month-old, will never remember the home her family so lovingly built. Her childhood could be defined by…

Rebuilding Cultural Bridges Takes Time in Divided Mostar

Rather than testifying to the city’s love of the stage, Mostar’s two theaters serve as one of many examples of the city’s deep ethnic divisions. Although still advertised as a place where East meets West, Mostar has largely lost its cosmopolitan aura, as nearly all aspects of life in this southwest Bosnian city succumb to…

The Last Mountain Village in Bosnia

Set high on a remote mountainside, inaccessible for most of the year, the villagers of Lukomir, continue to live life much as their forebears did for centuries before them. Some places are like time machines. They take you back to long forgotten times when everything was much simpler, but harder. They erase the city noise…

How Soon Will Change Come for Women in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

Violence; in all its guises is not an uncommon experience for women in Bosnia and Herzegovina. I have witnessed it many times during various trips when I worked as a journalist or just traveled around.  There are women who suffer violence. “Oh, she is so going to get beaten now!”  the older woman tells me…

School – New Favorite Place for Roma Brothers

With only one third of Roma children enrolled in primary schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the journey of three Roma brothers to get an education and strive for a better life is as challenging as it gets.  Brothers Samanto (11), Haris (9) and Bruno (7) are like many school children in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Early…

Bosnia Sex Traffickers Corner New Markets

As the number of foreign women being trafficked in Bosnia declines, pimps are luring local women into the trade. Bosnian NGOs dealing with the sex trade say they have detected a rise in the number of local girls falling into the trap of human trafficking and prostitution. They say poor coordination at government level and…