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MY TIME IN BOSNIA

What I learned, the impact it had & the need for social action

A blog by Nikki Bailey

REMEMBERING SREBRENICA 25 YEARS ON


My name is Nikki, I’m 27 (as of 2022) and I’m a Researcher at De Montfort University (DMU).  I hold a BA (Hons) Criminology & Criminal Justice, a Master of Science by Research in Criminal Justice (MSc Res), and I’m currently undertaking a PhD, with my research focussing on Bosnia, alongside assisting on various other research projects.  My research interests centre around Religion, Faith, Hate & Crime with my undergrad dissertation focussed on the EDL and Islamophobia, and my MSc Res focussed on the promotion of Islamophobia and Antisemitism in the tabloid press during the UK General Election in 2019. 
My interest and passion in [researching] war and genocide in relation to Religion, Faith, Hate & Crime grew massively at university while working under/with Kim Sadique, Chair of Remembering Srebrenica – East Midlands Division, who is also my PhD supervisor.  In February 2020, I participated in a trip organised by Kim and travelled to Bosnia to learn about the war, political affairs, the aftermath of war, and to hear testimonies from survivors. I had previously been to Poland and Auschwitz with DMU and Kim in 2017 as a first year Criminology student, so I expected a similar experience. However, I couldn’t have been more wrong, and this is what this blog is for. For around 5 months after our trip, I never actually spoke about my time in Bosnia to anyone because I found it hard to find the words to describe it.  So, this blog was the first time that I shared my experiences, thoughts and feelings, to honour the 25th Anniversary of Remembering Srebrenica in July 2020.
In the five days running up to the 25th anniversary of Remembering Srebrenica, I posted a blog post each day talking about my time there, the people we spoke to, events in the Bosnian war and survivors as well as those who perished. I posted the final blog post on Friday 25th July 2020, the day before the 25th anniversary. Here, I shared my experience of visiting Srebrenica before talking about the organisation Remembering Srebrenica, their goals, their statements and pledges.
Finally, I shared how my time in Bosnia impacted me, personally and academically, by inspiring me and leading me to where I am now and I shared the social pledge I made during my visit.


FIRST AND FOREMOST:

Please click a logo to see my special THANK YOU to Remembering Srebrenica and DMU!



THE BLOG POSTS

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My first impressions

Monday 6th July, 2020.

A city under siege: My visit to Sarajevo

Tuesday 7th July, 2020.

The Tunnel of Hope and War Childhood Museum

Wednesday 8th July, 2020.

A different kind of camp: The work of Bakira Hasecic & the association ‘Woman Victim of War’

Thursday 9th July, 2020.

Srebrenica: The visit I will never forget

Friday 10th July, 2020.

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