The students from the “Social Work Response in Post-War Bosnia” course have all left Sarajevo. A few of them may still post on the blog once they return home. What is certain is that the new group of students arriving today for the Project Bosnia internships will begin posting this week. Some of them have been traveling in Europe and others are coming directly from the U.S. today. We will be meeting them all throughout the day at the airport, bus station and train station. It will be interesting to introduce a new group of students to Bosnia so soon after saying Dovidjenja (goodbye) to the first group.
The Social Work Response in Post-War Bosnia class went so well. What an honor to be able to teach students about this very important place and then have the issues come to life while they are here. They all left with an appreciation of the culture and history as well as an intense reaction to the reality of a genocide in Europe in the 90s. They all had the privilege of getting to know the Bosnian people and their personal experiences with all that has happened here. They also gained a greater understanding of the possible dangerous outcome of power and oppression. And, of equal importance, they had the experience of appreciating the resilience, grace, capacity for forgiveness and hospitality of these amazing people who are somehow managing to move forward in a political system that is so crazy that even those “in the know” have to keep a “cheat sheet” to sort it all out.
I leave you with some pictures of our experiences.
Beautiful waterfalls at Kravica
Enjoying a lamb dinner in Herzegovina on the way back from Mostar. The river in the background is really that color!
A sobering and haunting day at Srebrenica
Lectures at the University of Sarajevo
Learning about work being done at a family therapy agency
Service day at a residential school for children who are blind