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Enigmatic Bosnia Matters: Coexistence in Bavljinje during the Light and Darkness of Yugoslavia’s War


Constructive stories of coexistence during protracted interethnic conflict are rare; however, they have important implications for interethnic reconciliation and peacemaking (Senehi, 2002). The events that took place in the village of Bavljinje highlight the humanity displayed by neighbors in the midst of ethnic cleansing. Such stories illustrate that positive relationships can prevail in interethnic warfare and can be an important source of healing form the trauma of violent ethnic conflict. The story of Bavljinje also indicates the complexity of intergroup conflict and the need of such powerful metaphors in the postconflict peacebuilding process.

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Sean Byrne, a native of Ireland, is professor and director of the doctoral program in peace and conflict studies, and director of the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba. He can be contacted at Sean_Byrne@umanitoba.ca

Adnan Cardzic, Bs.Sc., University of Manitoba, is a native of Bosnia. His area of interest is analyzing abnormalities within societies. He can be contacted at acardzic@hotmail.com.


Bavljinje (former Yugoslavia), Bosnia, interethnic reconciliation, peacemaking, Yugoslav Wars

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