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‘Repat Serbia’: Many Leave, a Few Are Lured Back

Belgrade Insight | ‘Repat Serbia’: Many Leave, a Few Are Lured Back

This article was published in BIRN’s bi-weekly newspaper Belgrade Insight on July 13, 2018, and in Balkan Insight. by Patrick Howard SIT Spring 2018 University of Colorado at Boulder Serbia’s brain drain is one of the worst in Europe’s recent history, but some Serbs just cannot stay away. Jovana Ruzicic remembers her teenage years in Belgrade as a …

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The War Childhood Museum Shares Stories Of Kids Growing Up Under Seige

Good | The War Childhood Museum Shares Stories Of Kids Growing Up Under Seige

This story was first published in Good on May 29, 2018. by Christina Noto SIT Fall 2017 Gettysburg College WHITE BALLET SLIPPERS SYMBOLIZE CHILDHOOD FOR MELA SOFTIC. She grew up during the siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s. Her memories of youth are those of war. “Dancing was something that helped me survive [the] war,” …

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Balkan Insight | Serbia’s Stateless Roma Struggle for Visibility

This story was first published in Balkan Insight on January 9, 2018. by Claire Taylor SIT Fall 2017 Occidental College On a cold, rainy day, seven Roma women gather in their children’s education centre in the Vojni Put settlement in Belgrade. They sit around a small table in child-sized chairs to talk about their pasts and futures. …

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Disabled Community Takes a Stand in Kosovo

Balkan Insight | Disabled Community Takes a Stand in Kosovo

This story was first published in Balkan Insight on January 9, 2018. by Jennifer Sheeren SIT Fall 2017 Vanderbilt University In impoverished Kosovo, the disabled community has been pushed to the back of the line – but a new generation of activists and NGOs is determined to change things. A sixth-grade classroom at Naim Frasheri …

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Balkan Insight | Gluten-Free Bakery a Hit with Belgraders

This story was originally published in Belgrade Insight print edition on November 3, 2017. by Gillian Dohrn SIT Fall 2017 Colorado College The distinctive smell of fresh bread wafts through the open doors of a small storefront just off Jurija Gagarina Street in New Belgrade. The aroma could fool even a diehard traditionalist despite the …

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Balkan Insight | Bosnia’s Roma Try to Break Out of Isolation

This story was first published in Balkan Insight on June 14, 2017. by Hoi Mun Yee SIT Spring 2017 Drake University Melina Halilovic is the first Roma woman to be elected to the municipal council in the central Bosnian town of Visoko. Working in a plain white building, her achievements are anything but plain. She broke through …

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Balkan Insight | Students Challenge Ethnically-Divided Education in Bosnia

This story was first published in Balkan Insight on June 12, 2017. by Katherine Heroux SIT Spring 2017 Villanova University Jajce, Bosnia-Herzegovina – Faruk Bubric, an 18-year old in his last year of secondary school, spends most of his time playing video games or hanging out with his friends. His time in the education system in the …

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Balkan Insight | Kosovo’s Female MPs Unite to Challenge Injustice

This story was first published in Balkan Insight. by Meredith Howe SIT Fall 2016 University of New Hampshire Durham When Shqipe Pantina, 42, a former civil society activist, decided to run for the Kosovo parliament as a member of the Vetevendosje (Self-Determination) opposition party, her family thought it was a joke. She joined because, as an …

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Balkan Transitional Justice | Changing Belgrade Street Names: A Sign of the Times

This story was first published in Balkan Transitional Justice on July 26, 2016. by Leah Willingham SIT Spring 2016 Mount Holyoke College For 70 years, Marko Cabric’s family has lived in the same apartment building on the same street in Belgrade. Yet, in that time, they’ve had four different addresses. This is not unusual for many Belgraders. …

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