I am back in Zambia and my whole Bosnian trip seems like a distant dream. It all went by so quickly and I am now here going over the events that occurred in Bosnia. I remember, it was in the first few days of me being in Tuzla, the Eurocup was going on and Croatia was playing against Turkey; I had gone for coffee with another AP Fellow who was also based in Tuzla, and had come back home before the end of the game. I was just about to go to bed when I heard a loud sound, similar to a gunshot. I heard another and then another. My heart started pounding, I called Antigona, the AP Peace Fellow, and asked her what was going on, hoping she would have more insight than I did since she had a week more than I did on her plate…making her a seasoned inhabitant of Tuzla. It was just fireworks since Turkey won the game. That was one of my first experiences there and looking back, I came to Bosnia knowing far less than I do now. I am extremely grateful for the experience and plan on keeping in touch with Bosfam and the lovely people I met in Tuzla. Hopefully, we will find new avenues for Bosfam to explore and find more people to support their amicable cause.
Bosnia is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited, ironically, with one of the harshest realities. I truly hope that eventually, people will get justice, those who committed these crimes will be punished for them and the new generations will be wiser.
I am grateful for this experience and wish Bosfam all the best, because that is exactly what each and every woman there deserves.
Posted By Shweta Dewan
Posted Aug 21st, 2008