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The Center for Balkan Development (CBD) and Connecticut Friends of Bosnia (CFOB) are excited to announce they have joined together to launch an agricultural sustainability project that will create sustainable micro-enterprises in Ilijas, a small village north of Sarajevo, where a large number of survivors from Srebrenica have resettled.<more>
With support from the Eisenhower Foundation and an endorsement from the Bosnian Ambassador to the U.S., CBD is now in the early phase of planning in Bosnia a National Youth Initiative. <more>
Balkan Kids Playground
With CBD’s assistance, a Boston-based Balkan community group is in the beginning
stages of creating a unique and creative program for children ages three to ten from the countries of the former Yugoslavia. <more>
Partnering with Connecticut Friends of Bosnia to Build Homes for Srebrenica DPs
Since 2004 , Connecticut Friends of Bosnia (CFOB) from Greenwich, Conn. has partnered with CBD to help implement projects in Bosnia. Most of their work involves rebuilding homes for families who were driven from their communities in the waves of ethnic cleansing that swept the country.
Time for Justice: Campaign to Arrest Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic
The goal of this campaign is to see that Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic are arrested and brought to The Hague to stand trial for crimes committed at Srebrenica and at other locations in Bosnia.
Lessons Learned from the Balkan Conflicts, October 2004
This two-day conference looked back at what the international
community has learned from the wars in the Balkans and look
forward to viable solutions for reconstruction, reconciliation,
and lasting security—both from the perspective of the
former Yugoslavia and also as a laboratory for those doing
similar work in other parts of the world, specifically Afghanistan
Stari Most Awards , October 2004
The Center for Balkan Development is honored
to announce the winners of the first Stari Most Awards. A
panel of 13 judges carefully reviewed nominations and selected
three winners from a pool of 23 candidates.
The winners were honored at an awards ceremony on
October 16, 2006 at Boston College as part of the Lessons
Learned in the Balkan Conflicts conference.
New Initiative 2002-2004
Friends of Bosnia has received a $135,000
grant from the World Bank to implement an innovative new approach
to development in Tuzla, Bosnia. The project, The New Initiative,
will work with local NGOs, the Tuzla municipality, and private
businesses to improve public infrastructure and to provide
job-creating investments through a series of work festivals
commencing in spring, 2002.
for The Center for Information Technology, 2000-2002
Since 2000, Friend of Bosnia has contributed
$25,000 to the Tuzla Center for Information Technology to
create a school for computers and information technology.
Anniversary Commemoration of Wars in the Former Yugoslavia,
On the tenth anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo, Friends
of Bosnia organized a week-long series of lectures, exhibits,
films, and concerts in the Boston area to commemorate the
10th anniversary of wars in the former Yugoslavia. Keynote
speaker was Mirza Kusljugic, Bosnian Ambassador to the UN,
and John Shattuck, former Assistant Secretary of State for
Friends of Bosnia is launching a major
new initiative in eastern Bosnia, Outreach Bosnia, to help
returning refugees and long-time residents rebuild their communities
five years after the end of the war. Chris Bragdon from Ithaca,
NY, is directing this project and has already achieved significant
success both with fundraising and implementing the program
documentary photography/ text exhibit on war, reconstruction
and reconciliation in Kosovo. Photographs by Glenn Ruga and
Frank Ward with text by Barbara Ayotte. Available for exhibition in colleges, galleries, museums,
libraries and other public exhibition spaces. Since October
2000, the exhibit has been shown at 6 locations including
Brandeis, Tufts, Stanford, and Georgetown Universities
Heritage Reconstruction in Kosovo
July 2000 - September 2002
Friends of Bosnia, in collaboration with the Kosovo Cultural
Heritage Project from Cambridge, has received a grant from
the Packard Humanities Institute in Palo Alto, California
to reconstruct three important cultural monuments in Kosovo
that were destroyed or badly damaged by Serb forces prior
to and during the war last year in Kosovo.
Aid for Kosovo
On November 27, 2000, Friends of
Bosnia sent $10,000 worth of donated medical supplies to the
Prosthetics Clinic at the Pristina Hospital
aid to Kosovar refugees in Macedonia
Shortly after the war began in Kosovo on March 24, 1999, Friends
of Bosnia director Glenn Ruga traveled to the Kosovo/Macedonia
border to deliver emergency aid and to document the plight
of refugees. Since returning, Ruga has spoken at more than
twelve public meetings and to numerous radio, and TV stations
and newspapers about the war in Kosovo. FOB also raised $8000
for Kosovo relief and contributed $5000 to El Hilal, a Macedonian
relief organization working with Kosovar refugees.
to Reconciliation: Peacebuilding in the Former Yugoslavia
FOB collaborated with the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding
and the UMass Office of Jewish Affairs to organized a series
of lectures and events with peace activists from the former
Yugoslavia. Speakers included Jakob Finci from Sarajevo, Mirha
Kratina from Zenica, Bosnia, Lidija Obad from Osiek, Croatia,
and Dragan Popadic from Belgrade, Serbia.
Press Conference on Kosovo
On July 28, 1998 FOB organized a
press conference with Congressman John Olver to present a
letter to the president signed by 80 members of Cognress demanding
a more forceful response to aggression by Belgrade in Kosovo.
We also presented a petition to the president signed by 18,000
people demanding for the arrest of Radko Mladic and Radovan
FOB sent a 40-ft. container of medical
supplies, school supplies, and computers to Bosnia in November,
1998. The aid will help foster reconstruction and training
for refugees and others who have lost their livelihood as
a result of the war.
Search of a Nation: Restoring a Multiethnic Bosnia
A conference at Wellesley College to discuss the historial
basis for multiethnicity in Bosnia, current political dynamics
in the Balkans including Kosovo and Serbia, US foreign policy,
and the International Criminal Tribunal. There was also opportunties
to discuss grassroots activism supporting justice in the Balkans.
Aid Drive: Healing the Wounds of War
Friends of Bosnia teamed up with St. ElizabethÌs Hospital
in Boston to collect $350,000 worth of medical supplies from
hospitals and other medical facilities in New England and
shipped the supplies to medical centers in Bosnia in August,
Bosnia: The Thin Veneer
Friends of Bosnia is teaming up with scholars from the University
of Massachusetts to mount a major exhibit about Bosnian culture.
The exhibit will be displayed April-June 1997 at the University
of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center Gallery.
Bosnia: Road to Recovery
March 1-2, 1997
This two day national conference at Amherst College attended
by activists, scholars, students, government officials and
NGOs from across the United States focusing on the political,
economic and social problems associated with the rebuilding
The Role of the Jewish
Community in Sarajevo During the War
Presentation by FOB director Glenn
Ruga about the history of Judaism in the Balkans and the role
of the Jewish community of Sarajevo during the recent war.
Hidden Genocide: Critical Perspectives on Rape and the
War in Bosnia
This is a two-part program about mass rape in Bosnia The program
will include Beverly Allen, author of Rape Warfare: The
Hidden Genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.; a
new video about mass rape in Bosnia, Calling the Ghosts:
A Story about Rape, War and Women., and a speaker panel
with two women survivors from rape camps.
of Separation: The Struggle for a Multi-ethnic Bosnia
A documentary photo/text exhibit
on the war in Bosnia and the lives of people who have lived
through four years of ethnic cleansing. The exhibit has been
shown at the Northampton Center for the Arts in Massachusetts,
The University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill, Brown University,
Amherst College, the Embassy of Bosnia Herzegovina in Washington,
DC, the LIPA Gallery, Washington, DC, Mount Holyoke College
in South Hadley, Massachusetts, and the Greensboro, NC public
libary. Other venues are being planned.
A month-long series of exhibits, performances and videos featuring
art from and about Bosnia.
Justice, No Peace: The War Crimes Tribunal and the Prospects
for Peace in the Former Yugoslavia
Three experts speaking on the International War Crimes Tribunal;
Steve Walker from the American Committee to Save Bosnia; Susannah
Sirkin from Physicians for Human Rights; and Michael Scharf,
author of An Insider's Guide to the International Criminal
Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.