“Casualties of war do not end when the war ends on the paper.” — Sanida Palavra speaking at the Walk to Remember Srebrenica Symposium, July 11, 2017
Walk to Remember Srebrenica Symposium, July 11, 2017, Kentucky Museum
On July 11, 2017 at the Walk to Remember Srebrenica Symposium, members of the Bowling Green Bosnian American community shared stories about living in wartime Bosnia, including besieged Srebrenica and Sarajevo. Sanida Palavra, one of the panelists, reflects, “A lot of what I know about war comes from stories my parents shared with me.”
Walk to Remember Srebrenica Genocide, July 15, 2017, Downtown Bowling Green
The Walk to Remember Srebrenica Genocide was held on Saturday, July 15th. Backpacks were collected for the Stuff the Bus initiative, with backpacks symbolizing lives lost. After several speakers, participants walked a route 8372 steps in length, each step representing a victim of the genocide.
by Virginia Siegel / Research by the Bosnia Oral History Project Committee
Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the start of the Srebrenica Genocide in Bosnia & Herzegovina, which began July 11, 1995. Many of our fellow Kentuckians are survivors of the Srebrenica Genocide and many lost loved ones.
This week, the Bosnian American community of Bowling Green is hosting events to commemorate and remember Srebrenica, as well as many other sites of genocide and atrocity during the Bosnian War of the 1990s. Many in our Bowling Green community lived in besieged Srebrenica and survived the events of the genocide; many of their loved ones did not survive.
The Srebrenica Genocide of 1995
“When we saw that there was no hope for Srebrenica and its people — that the final moment had come, the terror could be felt in the air. It is a strange feeling to describe, there are no words for it, but you knew that this day is like no other and you knew that this day will stand among the rest of your days.” – Mehmed Alić, as shared with Senida Husić, 2015
As nations of the former Yugoslavia began their struggles for independence in the 1980s, following the death of Tito and the breakdown of communism in other countries in Europe, Serbia used military strength to expand its power in the Balkan region. Between 1992 and 1995, the village of Srebrenica in Eastern Bosnia served as a stronghold and refuge for Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks) facing ethnic cleansing from Bosnian Serb and Serb forces.
The Kentucky Folklife Program is proud to partner with community organizers in this year’s Walk to Remember Srebrenica Genocide Symposium, which will be held at the Kentucky Museum on July 11, 2017 from 6pm-7pm (Facebook event). We’d like to thank and acknowledge the key event organizers for inviting us to partner: Denis Hodzic, Senida Husic, Dzenana Kadric, Muamer Razic, and Amer Salihovic.
The theme of this year’s symposium is “A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green.” The title is inspired by an exhibit opening on September 29, 2017 at the Kentucky Museum of the same name (Facebook Event and webpage). The exhibit, featuring Bosnian culture in Bowling Green, is curated by the Kentucky Folklife Program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Please note, this educational symposium is part one of a two part event, held in conjunction with the 2017 Walk to Remember Srebrenica Genocide, July 15th, 4pm-6pm, in Circus Square Park, Bowling Green KY (Facebook event). We invite you to join us for both events!
As part of the Kentucky Folklife Program’s on-going oral history project, the Kentucky Folklife Program is proud to present A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green (Kulturno naslijeđe Bosanci u Bowling Green-u). Opening on September 29, 2017 at the Kentucky Museum, the exhibit is a partnership with the Bowling Green Bosnia Oral History Project, Kentucky Museum, WKU Department of Folk Studies & Anthropology. Keep tuned for more information!
For more information on the exhibit, visit the exhibit page.
For more information on the Bosnia Oral History Project, click here.