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Episode 149: Fear and uncertainty make Prijedor’s returnees consider leaving again

5. May 2023.11:05
At the end of this month, White Armband Day will be marked in the city of Prijedor and tributes paid to those who were killed in 1992, including 102 children. In this edition we’ll try to find out how their parents in the city feel today, what revives their traumas and whether post-war returnees are now leaving the town because of what happened in the past, or for other reasons.

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Post-war returnees to Prijedor have a growing feeling of fear and insecurity because of the glorification of war criminals and an increase in revisionism about the wartime past, as well as right-wing organisations denying crimes. All that combined with the bad political and economic situation further complicates the life of Bosniak and Croat returnees. On top of that, a monument to the children killed in Prijedor has never been constructed, which slows down the process of facing the past as it’s one of the pillars of transitional justice and reconciliation. Returnees are losing hope, so they are moving out of Prijedor again, leaving reconstructed houses empty. The departure of young people is particularly worrying.

Haris Rovčanin

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