April 3, 2012

Will youth lead the way in Bosnia?

Young citizens of Europe’s poorest nation tackle Bosnia’s troubled past.

It has been 20 years since the start of the 1992-1995 Bosnian war, but Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks in the country are still deeply divided. Unemployment rates have climbed to 43 per cent and almost 19 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line, making it one of Europe’s poorest nations. Despite Bosnia’s poor prospects, some claim that the country’s grassroots youth activists could lead the way for social and political change.

In this episode of The Stream, we talk to Jan Zlatan Kulenović of the Youth Information Agency Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ajla Delkic of Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Velma Šarić, founder of the Post-Conflict Research Center.

What do you think? What changes need to happen for meaningful reform to take place in Bosnia? Send us your thoughts and comments on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #AJStream.

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