Shweta Dewan

Shweta Dewan (Bosnian Family – BOSFAM): Shweta was born and brought up in Zambia. This has greatly influenced her outlook on development and her understanding of society. After completing her BA in government from the University of Texas at Austin, Shweta returned home to Zambia to work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She went on to work with the USAID-funded American Institutes for Research, where she gained practical experience implementing microfinance projects for widows and young school girls. She later worked at United Nations Children’s Fund in Zambia. At the time of her fellowship she was a graduate student at Columbia University pursuing a dual-degree in international affairs and public health. After her fellowship, Shweta wrote: "I feel that so many people still do not know about the magnitude of what happened in Bosnia and the effects that still make the lives of so many in Bosnia so difficult. There are still many eyes to be opened – something the Advocacy Project has learnt how to do well, and so yes, I do feel that there is a message that needs to be made heard, and supported, with AP’s help."

Glimpses of BiH

04 Jul

I don’t really have too much to say this time ‘round…but been taking lots of pictures. Hope you enjoy them…

Beba posing next to one of our special orders – ‘Gianluca’

Lake Modratz just outside Tuzla –besides the many fishing houseboats that pepper the lake, in the distance, you can see the pulley system that takes coal from one side of the lake to the other

Bosfam goodies being displayed

Preparations for the official opening of the second man-made lake in Tuzla

Lake – numero uno!

On the way to Srebrenica, brutal reminders of the war: a staircase with no home in front of it

The Potocari Memorial – lines and lines of names of people who were lost during the war – 8372 known of thus far

The Potocari Cemetary, right beside the memorial. Each victim has the same tombstone.

…and each tombstone has 1995 on it.

The remains of what used to be a restaurant and a hotel near the Veliki Gubber – a natural spring of water rich in iron that was used for medicinal purposes

The Veliki Gubber – nature’s taking its own course without drains and places for the spring to flow, making everything in its path look rusted

In Srebrenica…

Serbia, across River Drina

Behija, reading my fortune – it was actually pretty accurate!

Bosfam ladies doing what they do best!! From left to right – Beba mala, Sajma (pronounced sa-i-ma) and Behija (behiya)

Beba mala’s niece trying to contribute

Rajza (Ra-i-za) finishing off the 4th memorial quilt which is currently en route to DC!

A bit blurry but a very cute picture – Sadeta and Beba after we took a picture of a carpet

take care..

Posted By Shweta Dewan

Posted Jul 4th, 2008


  • Owen

    July 14, 2008


    Thanks for those pictures of Bosfam – they add a whole extra dimension to the website.

  • Shweta

    July 15, 2008


    I’m glad you’re enjoying them 🙂

  • Heidi

    July 23, 2008


    Hi Shweta,

    A quick note from Guatemala. Great work. I really like the memorial shot with the sunspot and, of course, all of the images of weavers. As we are starting a new memorial project here with ADIVIMA, it is so helpful and inspiring to see what BOSFAM has achieved.

  • Erin

    July 28, 2008


    Beautiful photographs, complimented by compelling, thought-provoking, touching commentary.

    It was great to meet you and, finally, the formidable ladies of Bosfam last week!

    Thanks so much for your hospitality and carpet buying advice!

    All the best,

  • Shweta

    July 30, 2008


    Hi Heidi,

    Thanks for your comment! Iain was actually telling me about the Guatemala project. That’s fantastic! Glad to know there are more people interested in this type of advocacy. We are wishing you all the best!! Please let us know if you need any advice 🙂

  • Shweta

    July 30, 2008


    Hi Erin!!

    It was really lovely meeting you as well! Thank you for your comments – I’m glad you like the pictures. There will be many more in a couple of days, so please do check back.

    I’m sure the carpet will keep you very happy 🙂

    Take care and keep in touch!

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