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Summer Camp 2001

For the first time, two projects in one year - Summer camp in Königswinter and reunion in Bosnia-and-Hercegovina

Background

The organisation "CAMPUS15 – Youth goes for Peace" has been existing since 1997. CAMPUS15 is politically and confessionally independent and is an officially recognised non-profit making youth organisation. Its members are all voluntary workers – there are no salaried employees.
CAMPUS15 promotes peaceful and lasting conflict resolution: We offer young people, coming from (former) areas of conflict and belonging to different ethnic, religious or national groups, the chance of personal meetings. German and other European youngsters are also participating, in accordance with CAMPUS15’s overall aim of combating racism and xenophobia.

CAMPUS15 – Summer camp 2001

Organising these kinds of meetings for young people has become an annual task for CAMPUS15. This year, the 4th international summer camp in a row took place in the Malteserhof in Königswinter, between July 30th and August 20th. Bosniak, Serbian and Croatian young people from Bosnia-and-Hercegovina (BiH), young people from England and young Germans from the region took part. Kirsten Spiekermann of Catweasel in Cologne was acting as team captain.
Regarding the participants from BiH, it is worth mentioning that the country is divided into two sovereign entities – the Croatian-Bosniak Federation and the Republika Srpska – and the unaligned district of Brcko. The two entities are mainly populated and governed by the respective ethnic groups, while Brcko is administrated by the federal government. When carrying out international youth meetings including BiH, one has to make sure that the different ethnic groups are represented in approximately equal numbers. The choice of participants reflected that.
This year, CAMPUS15 has been working with a partner from the United Kingdom. MOBEX North East from Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England helped, alongside our friends from BiH, to organise the summer camp 2001. A group of six young people and a counsellor from Newcastle joined the group. Moreover, a small English workshop team joined for the period of the creative workshops. For our English partner, this camp was the entrance to working in a new geographical and political context. The camp language, English, gained additional importance and substance with the presence of native speakers. For the young people from Germany and BiH, the contact with youngsters from England widened the European horizon considerably.

Reunion in Bosnia-and-Hercegovina

NEW in this year’s activities was the first reunion for former participants (1998 to 2000) that took place in BiH between July 9th and 26th. The young people from BiH were able to give their friends from Germany and the Netherlands a better understanding of the peculiar situation in their country, and the young Dutch and Germans continued to be part of a small piece of interethnic and cross-border reconciliation. 71 young people and counsellors joined, including 13 young people and six counsellors from Germany. The reunion led our international group from Sarajevo to Derventa and Banja Luka, from their via Mostar to Neum on the Adriatic coast, and back to Sarajevo.
What was special about this reunion: In Sarajevo the group worked for the local Centre of the Blind, and in Derventa – in the Republika Srpska – a garden for blind children financed by CAMPUS15 was build on the fallow outside premises of the city’s school for the blind. Thus, young Croats and Bosniaks worked alongside young Serbs on a project in the Republika Srpska, and Serbs worked alongside Croats and Bosniaks on a project in the Bosniak-Croat Federation of BiH.

Results

The reconciliation and the intercultural exchange practised in those meetings are received well. Statements from our participants are proof of that. Sladjana, a Croat from Sarajevo, said: “Thank you for showing us here that between people who cannot stand each other back in their home, a common life is possible.” Jasko from Mostar said: “Now I understand that we, the young people, from wherever we come, should pursue the same common aims.” However, the personal and intensive exchange with their peers from countries whose recent past is characterised by conflicts and wars is also of great importance for the young German and other European youngsters. Essential lessons in political education are thus communicated in a direct way, fear of contact with people from abroad is relieved, and the value of peace and democracy is felt on a personal level.

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