Moving away from a focus on the enemy and honouring all victims irrespective of which side they were on is one of the missions of this project that works towards constructive dialogue by promoting a culture of nonviolence with a view to building lasting peace.
…We marked unmarked sites of suffering with stickers that read: “UNMARKED SITE OF SUFFERING – At this site, during the war, human beings were subjected to inhumane acts. By not letting these events be forgotten, we stand in solidarity with all victims. May it never happen again to anyone.” Western BiH, Autumn 2016.
7-9 September 2016
Today, the youth get coffins packed with 25 years of their parents’ lives, over 130 thousand dead, hundreds of thousands of displaced persons and refugees, millions whose lives were permanently damaged by wars, transition, theft, crime, misery, all the misfortunes that go with it
This article was published in German in Spinnrad, Zeitschrift des Internationalen Versöhnungsbundes (Spinnrad Magazine of the International Reconciliation Society) – Austria, No. 1/April 2016
Vukovar-Jasenovac-Prijedor Study Trip, 23 – 27 November 2015
War-veterans set an example that there is a way forward, after everything they had been through, a way to respect differences
Ex-combatants committed to peacebuilding have enormous potential for deconstructing enemy images and for reducing rifts of fear and hatred produced by violence.