WHY DON’T WE LEARN FROM THE TERRIBLE ERRORS OF THE PAST?

The Balkan War (1992-1995) caught us in the happy stage of youth, but  now and here, we notice the  hard time it was for many of the people we are sharing these days with.

Words like genocide, siege, war, violations of human rights … are again and again, repeated in the places we are visiting.

Today we have tested again,the brutality of the human being, while we were, visiting Srebrenica memorial and listening to some testimonies of survivors of the genocide. At that moment we wondered: How can you tell what happened without creating more hatred and division between current and future generations? How visible is the suffering and horror of so many people, whose lifes drastically changed that July of 1995? Why don’t we learn from these tragic lessons of recent history? Why we have been and we still remain silent witnesses that don’t want to see these atrocities?

Memorial and cementery of Srebrenica

Memorial and cementery of Srebrenica

 

Yesterday we had the opportunity to learn more about the terrible siege of Sarajevo. The historian Nicolas Moll through its guided city tour of Sarajevo helped us to understand the unfinished history of this city, and visualize the different layers of memory that have marked the European history of the twentieth century (I and World War II, Balkan War …).

 

A rose from SarajevoThe “Roses of Sarajevo” spontaneously made visible and recovered by a part of the civil society, are the example of a society with open wounds from the war still. The vast cemeteries surrounding hills and central areas of the city reminded us the great human loss that marked this war.

 

 

 

Just to mention that some of these victims were innocent children who are represented on a monument made of glass that wants to talk about the fragility of these children and the desire of their parents to protect them.

Monument to the children that died during the siege of Sarajevo

Monument to the children that died during the siege of Sarajevo

We found it extremely sad and discorageous the situation that major museums (National Museum and  History ) are  facing and suffering amid a legal limbo, which has led them to a complete closure of its rooms or lack of care and conservation of this rich and vast heritage.

History Museum, Sarajevo

History Museum, Sarajevo

 

All these thoughts happened during this working trip,hold by the European meeting of the International Network of Sites of Conscience (International Coallition of Sites of Conscience), to which the Gernika Peace Museum belongs. And it has been possible thanks to the immense work done by Alma Masic, the Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Maja Cecen the B92 Foundation in Serbia.

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