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 26 and I’m a postgraduate student at De Montfort University (DMU).
I am currently undertaking a Masters by Research in Criminology with the DMU Doctoral College under the supervision of: Associate Professor Kim Sadique (chair of the East Midlands board of Remembering Srebrenica), Dr James Tangen (a further board member) and Dr Nick Flynn. This research focusses on Islamophobia and anti-Semitism in the online mainstream media and their comments sections during the General Election in December 2019, and considering this in the wider concepts of bipolitics and biopower. Hopefully, I will be moving on and starting my PhD in January 2021, which will be focussed on Bosnia.
In February 2020, I participated in a trip organised by Kim Sadique to Bosnia to learn about the war, political affairs, the aftermath 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. I’ve never actually spoken about my time in Bosnia to anyone because I found it hard to find the words to describe it, so for the first time I will be sharing my experiences, thoughts and feelings through this blog to honour the 25th Anniversary of Remembering Srebrenica.
In the five days running up to the 25th anniversary of Remembering Srebrenica, I will post 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.
The last blog post on the Friday 10th July, the day before the 25th anniversary, I will share my experience of my visit to Srebrenica before talking about the organisation of Remembering Srebrenica, their goals, their statements and pledges. Finally, I’ll share how all this impacted me both personally and academically by inspiring me and the social pledge I made during my visit to Bosnia.
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
A city under siege: My visit to Sarajevo
The Tunnel of Hope and War Childhood Museum
A different kind of camp: The work of Bakira Hasecic & the association ‘Woman Victim of War’
Srebrenica: The visit I will never forget