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Reunion 2004

in Bosnia-and-Hercegovina and Montenegro

On August 6th, 2004, the time had finally come: The members of the CAMPUS15 Summer Camp 2003 in Germany got together for a Reunion in the two Balkan states of Bosnia-and-Hercegovina and Montenegro. 35 English, Bosniak, Serbian, Croatian, Montenegrin and German young people and their counsellors spend close to three weeks on project work, exploring history and cultural heritage, as well as on common sports and games. Thus, CAMPUS15 continued this year what had started in 1998: Offering young people from areas of conflict, belonging to different national, religious or ethnic groups, a chance to meet in person and to overcome fear and prejudices.The Reunion 2004 consisted of two parts: Until August 15th, work was done in Stolac in the Hercegovina on projects for the local community, and the beautiful surroundings of the city, including close-by Mostar, were discovered. Afterwards, the group moved to Kotor in Montenegro where it remained until the end of the Reunion on August 24th. In Stolac, the group was accommodated in the Hotel Vila Ragusa, and in Kotor it was hosted in the local student residence.Stola cis a remarkable city whose origins date back to Roman times and that was affected by all the currents in the turbulent Balkan history. During the Civil War of 1992-95, much was destroyed, and many people had to flee. It has been only a few years that refugees have had a chance to return to the city, but it is still very much divided between Bosniaks and Croats. Our group, in accord with the city authorities and two local youth organisations, restored a set of benches along the river Bregava. Moreover, garbage bins were put up in parks, on river banks and in other public areas of the city. All work, such as renewing the benches, decorating and painting the locally produced bins and finally setting them up, was done on the spot, and with the help of other young people from Stolac. The two youth organisations Novo Vrijeme (New Times) and Modra Rijeka (Blue River) joined our efforts and also prepared a town rallye for the group.In public relations, there was support from a member of the OSCE in Mostar. OSCE members from Caplijna and of the Mine Action Centre (MAC) in Mostar helped in bringing the special security issues in this part of the country across to the young people. During a day trip to the Mostar area, the newly reconstructed Old Bridge (Stari Most), as well as natural and historical sights such as the source of the Buna river and the close-by dervish monastry, were of particular interest.Kotor is mentioned in the same breath as other Adriatic gems such as Dubrovnik or Split, and its old town is part of UNESCO world heritage. Local youth organisations joined the group once more on the search for traces of this past. Members of an NGO for the protection of coastal regions raised the awareness of the specific problems in preserving the natural beauties of the coast. An evening of common cleaning the nearby beach of Plavi Horizont served as a practical example.All the while, the participants were working on media projects – they produced a video, as well as a Reunion newspaper, and approached the topic of their common future in discussions or theatre plays.The Reunion 2004 received funding under the Youth Action Programme of the European Union. Adding to both the motivation and the funding for the project was the Bilz Price (Cologne), received for outstanding voluntary engagement, as well as the continued support by the LIONS CLUB Siegburg and many private donations. The city of Lohmar supported the project in Stolac with funds from the communal development cooperation fund. However, this latest undertaking would not have been possible without the voluntary commitments by members of CAMPUS15 and of young adults supporting the young people as counsellors.

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