Ordinary Heroes comprises a series of reconciliation-focused educational and creative multimedia activities in towns and cities throughout BiH and the greater Balkans region.
Date of implementation: 2014
Photography by: Elizabeth D. Herman
The GroundTruth Project is dedicated to training a new generation of international correspondents and adding increased knowledge and understanding on issues of social justice including human rights, freedom of expression, emerging democracies, the environment, religious affairs and global health.
PCRC was commissioned to produce a special report tackling youth unemployment in Bosnia-Herzegovina in collaboration with photographer Elizabeth D. Herman.
To read the full report visit http://thegroundtruthproject.org/why-bosnia-has-the-worlds-highest-youth-unemployment-rate/#more-project
Ordinary Heroes Digital Archive
Primary objective: To create, organize, preserve, and update a collection of oral testimonies, personal statements, written confessions, letters, memos, journals and diaries, audio-video materials, maps, photographs and pictures to exhibit cases of rescue from the perspectives of rescuers and survivors who received help to escape, evade, or were saved from persecution and extermination.
As a result of its Ordinary Heroes Peacebuilding Program, PCRC has become a hub for the collection and recording of rescuer testimonies from the Bosnian war from 1992 – 95. The vast majority of such stories from BiH have yet to be uncovered, and the absence of such stories is provide little common ground around which different ethnic groups can coalesce as well as allows more space for the dominance of polarizing and provocative narratives that serve to reinforce divisions. To address this issue, PCRC is currently developing the plans for an Ordinary Heroes Digital Archive, which will be an online repository of rescue narratives and survivor testimonials involving rescue during the Bosnian War.
PCRC will utilize a number of mechanisms to uncover and document untold stories as well as to preserve, organize, and make accessible existing stories. PCRC is currently working with archive specialists and organizations with well-established archiving systems to start creating a system for the materials, and the collection of stories, as well as the discovery and recording of new stories, will be ongoing throughout the development process.
Partners: International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)
For the past 5 years, PCRC has been working in partnership with the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention (UNOGP) to organize a series of regional seminars that educate participants about the causes and dynamics of genocide and related atrocity crimes, how to recognize the warning signs of potential conflict, and the various policies and mechanisms that exist to prevent genocide and mass atrocity crimes.
PCRC organizes yearly training to a group of young Bosnians from around the country. The 5-day training camp consists of a series of interactive workshops and practical work sessions that focus on increasing participants’ understanding of the causes and manifestations of intolerance and discrimination between divided groups, the difference between freedom of expression and hate speech, the work of relevant authorities, and the role of citizen media in response.
During the Bosnian War, Murada was kidnapped and sold to Italian mafia when she was still just a child. After being abducted and raped, she was forced into prostitution in Rome. 20 years later, Murada has returned to Bosnia and has been diagnosed with HIV. She now lives on the edge of society with her only son Paolo.
Each year, PCRC runs a nation-wide competition that challenges Bosnian youth, ages 16 - 30, to uncover stories from their communities that relate to moral courage, rescuer behavior and interethnic cooperation. Winners and runners-up receive the opportunity to publish their stories on Balkan Diskurs and to take part in a 5-day multimedia training program in Sarajevo.