Without a publicly available record on war detention camps in Bosnia, the victims remain unable to realize their rights and reparation for the sufferings they endured. All this creates a context in which the victims who were illegally imprisoned during the war become de facto discriminated group. We work to record stories of former war camp victims to empower the future of the process of reconciliation in the country.
Even 25 years after the war in BiH had ended, there is still no unified source of information about the number, location and characteristics of 1.500 detention camps which existed during the war throughout the country, and there is still no credible source of information about the 100.000 victims who were imprisoned in detention camps during the war. This project will affect around 375 former victims and give them opportunity to tell their stories.
We seek to explore traumatic stories of former war camp victims and inspire 375 former detainees to become involved in peace-building activities. Trough field research the stories of the former detainees will be incorporated into narratives about war detention camps that will contain information about torture and massive human rights abuses. Narratives will be published to serve as to provide objective facts about war time events and contribute to the process of reconciliation.
The comprehensive research to be conducted in the frame of this project carries importance for the for future generations of BiH, but especially for the victims of war detention camps by providing them acknowledgment and support in the post-conflict period.