Pobjednici takmičenja 2015

Tears Falling on Bread
1st Place Winner During the war it was difficult to help friends of another nationality because you were generally characterized as a traitor among your people, but Brankica was sure she had made the right decision. By: Nevena Medić (25), Bratunac Brankica Bošković (photo: Nevena Medić) Brankica Bošković was 17 years old when the war …
Imaginary Walls and Holograms of the Past
Honorable Mention In the Bosnian media, war seems to have never ended. It simply seems to have continued through other means. Above us looms the hologram of war that prevents our confused minds from making sense of oft repeated and empty phrases. By: Robert Budimir (23), Sarajevo 2014 Bosnian floods (photo: Midhat Poturovic) Inter-group reconciliation, …
Great Sorrow Seeks Great Souls
2nd Place Winner After her benevolence during the post-war period, people did not brand her a hero, but instead a person ostracized by her community. The best possible option for her was to return to Jajce, because, aside from helping Bajro, there was no place for her in Banja Luka anymore. But her return to …
Decency in Times of Evil
Honorable Mention Maksim Marjanović, a retired teacher from the village of Skelani, risked his life to help his colleague Jakub Abdurahmanović and Jakub’s family. Jakub was murdered during the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina and, 20 years later, Maksim reunites with Jakub’s wife Šehida for the first time. Their emotional meeting accompanied by the memory of Jakub …
Youth Unite for Reconciliation
Honorable Mention The platform “Youth for Reconciliation” was recently formed with the goal to overcome prejudices and create a space for young people to express their opinions and contribute to the development of community while simultaneously gaining respect and appreciation. The Council of Europe has now supported the platform, which represents a number of youth …
A Measure of Humanity in a Moment of Risk
Honorable Mention There was a moment of risk that occurred that was great enough to become a measure of humanity. Đoko made a sacrifice…for you, for me, for those sons and daughters waiting for their fathers’ return. A moment of risk for a man that neither you nor I will ever know, which marked an …
The Silent Courage of a Man from Kratina
Honorable Mention At a time when men were wolves, Vojislav was not afraid of war itself. He was not afraid of weapons. He was instead afraid of the human condition. He asked Hajro to only tell his story after his death. by: Amila Avdukić and Vedran Vojinović Hajro Osmančević (photo: Clara Casagrande) Vojislav Petrović is …
The Brave Heart of an Artist
3rd Place Winner Ahmet did not care about the consequences because her name and religion were irrelevant to him. The only thing that was important was to provide a safe home for her, which he did. By: Azra Bešlagić (21), Tešanj The intimacy of a family night, with an abundance of food and socializing, was …
Nikola Čvoro: Building Trust among Bosnian Youth
Honorable Mention In a country such as ours, where young people don’t go to other parts of the city where they were born solely because they were taught not to, Nikola is a hero. By: Mladen Lakić (25), East Sarajevo Nikola Čvoro, 25-years-old, lives and studies in Pale (East Sarajevo). He is currently completing his …
Wartime Sweets
Honorable Mention (Special Entry) That is how on one March morning in 1993, fates intertwined to fuse the threads of a friendship that would defy all differences and borders. It was on that morning that I met a man who became my inspiration and my role model in life. By: Đuldina Kurtović (34), Kladanj Jed …