The following research paper is based on the analysis of the post conflict relations between two ethnic groups in the town of Srebrenica and aims to assess the possibility for reconciliation between them. Its main focus is the nexus of personal, social and professional relations between Muslims and Serbs fifteen years after the brutal massacre that occurred there. Included in the analysis will be a comparison of the population’s relationship before the war started and their experiences during the conflict.
Based on a review of relevant literature, the central question posed is whether reconciliation, which is the most important stage of forgiveness and recuperation, is possible in Srebrenica.
To be able to have a complete picture of the city in present day there have to be few question asked: what is the situation like in terms of everyday relations/communication? What are the consequences of the war in political, economical and social life of Srebrenica? Is there trust between the population, how is the process of healing affecting everyday life? Have the people of Srebrenica truly found justice and how can that help in their identity building?
After both documentary and field research I conclude that rebuilding trust among the people of the region can only be done by persisting in the struggle for justice, without which there will be no reconciliation, and no peace for the families of the victims, or for society as a whole. Building bridges between the communities and healing takes time and effort. I found that reconciliation can only be achieved over time and under the right circumstances: political courage, the right leadership and continued and more engaged international aid. These conditions are required for the emergence or reemergence of a society with a real ethnic mix and hope for a better future in Srebrenica once again.
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Reconciliation, Srebrenica, War in political, economical and social life|
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