Network for Youth in Transition


Growing Up During the Balkan Wars of the 1990s
By: Sarah Warshauer Freedman and Dino Abazovic

In: International Perspectives on Youth Conflict and Development
Edited by: Coletter Daiute, Zeynep Beykont, Craig Higson-Smith and Larry Nucci
Publisher: Oxford University Press

'This chapter focuses on what we learned about youth and violence from a study of young people aged 14 to 16 enrolled in secondary schools in the still deeply divided towns of Mostar in BiH and Vukovar in Croatia. It is part of a larger project that focuses on understanding the contributions of schools, as well as other social institutions, to rebuilding societies after mass atrocity (Freedman, Corkala, et al., 2004; Freedman, Kambanda, et al., 2004; Stover & Weinstein, 2004).

With parallel studies in the Balkans and Rwanda, the larger project is particularly interested in helping close gaps between official and local perspectives in order to understand the complexities of social reconstruction. It also aims to learn how the international community might best respond in the
aftermath of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.'

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