BiH – Programme

You are invited to participate in a retreat to bear witness to genocides and broad-based campaigns of ethnic cleansing that transpired in the Balkans and continue in many places around the world.
The retreat will take place from 8th to 12th May 2017, twenty-two years after the genocide at Srebrenica.

Due to recent political developments in Srebrenica, and in close consultation with our local partners, the programme of the retreat has been significantly changed.
We will be staying and bearing witness the whole week in Sarajevo, now the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, which came under brutal assault during the war. Our group will travel for one day to Srebrenica, the ‘silver city’, and more specifically to the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Center, where we will bear witness. There we will also visit the former UN military base, where refugees hoped to find safety.

The retreat will be multi-faith and multinational in character, with a strong focus on the Zen Peacemaker Order’s Three Tenets: Not-Knowing, Bearing Witness, and Doing the Actions Arising from Not-Knowing and Bearing Witness. Unique to this retreat is that our group of participants will include Bosniaks, Bosnian Serbs, and Bosnian Croatians, many of whom experienced various aspects of the Sarajevo siege or the Srebrenica massacre.

We will meet daily in small council groups designed to create a safe place for people to share their inner experiences. The whole group will meet in the evenings to bear witness to the diversity of all the voices, to stories of survival, and to whether peace can arise in the middle of such a long history of anger, guilt and denial.
The language of the retreat will be English and translation will be offered whenever needed (and possible).

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ADAPTED PROGRAMME

SUNDAY 7th MAY
Arrival day

Check-in                    Hotel Saraj, Nevjestina 5, Bentbasa , 71000 Sarajevo
7pm                            Registration for the retreat in Hotel Saraj.
Free dinner in town

Suggestions for activities on arrival day (not organized by the ZPO)

  • individually viewing permanent exhibition “Srebrenica – genocide in the heart of Europe”, a series of black-and-white photographs by Tarik Samarah. At Galerija 11/07/95, Trg fra Grge Martića 2/III in Sarajevo.
  • pre-retreat Sarajevo historical and cultural guided tour with professional guide, starting from hotel lobby at 3 pm. Sign up for this tour before hand at hotel Saraj. Minimum 10 people.


MONDAY 8th MAY
Sarajevo

Morning

  • Walk to and opening meeting in the newly restored National Library, symbol of the destruction of Sarajevo.
  • Walking tour in the old town, including places to bear witness like the bread line, the roses of Sarajevo and the Markala market.
  • Bag lunch.

 

Afternoon

  • Walking and bearing witness at the children’s memorial, in Sniper Alley and at the Suada and Olga bridge[1].
  • Orientation meeting at hotel Saraj.

 

Evening

  • Dinner at hotel.
  • Opening remarks and council orientation.


TUESDAY 9th MAY
Mount Trebevic and airport tunnel

Morning

  • Council Groups.
  • Travel by bus to Mount Trebevic[2] and bearing witness.
  • Bag lunch.

 

Afternoon

  • Visit of the tunnel under the airport[3] and its museum in Ilidža.

 

Evening

  • Dinner at hotel.
  • Evening program: group council.


WEDNESDAY 10th MAY
Sarajevo

Morning

  • Council Groups.
  • Visit of photo exhibition, documenting the aftermath of the Srebrenica massacre and bearing witness.
  • Bag lunch.

 

Afternoon

  • Visit of War Childhood Museum and bearing witness.

 

Evening

  • Dinner at hotel.
  • Evening program: panel and/or group council.


THURSDAY 11th MAY
Srebrenica-Potocari

Morning

  • Council Groups.
  • Travel by bus to Srebrenica-Potocari (3 ½ hour trip)
  • Lunch

 

Afternoon

  • Bearing Witness at the Memorial in Potocari, the UN-Potocari compound and the Sense museum.

 

Evening

  • Dinner
  • Travel by bus to Sarajevo.


FRIDAY 12th MAY
Sarajevo

Morning

  • Council Groups.
  • Bearing witness at the Old Jewish Cemetery.
  • Bag Lunch.

 

Afternoon

  • Bearing witness in East-Sarajevo.
  • Concluding group process.
  • Final dinner in hotel Saraj.


SATURDAY 13th MAY
Departure day.

Check-out hotel and going home.

The programme still might be subject to change.

[1] Famous bridge across the River Miljacka in Sarajevo, formally called ‘Vrbanja bridge’. It is now named after Suada Dilberović and Olga Sučić, the first victims shot at the beginning of the Siege of Sarajevo.

[2] Throughout the siege, Mount Trebevic was the main strategic hill above Sarajevo from where the besieging armies constantly shelled the city below.

[3] During the war the Sarajevo airport was held by neutral UN-forces. An underground tunnel served as the city’s lifeline and its only connection to the outside world during the siege.

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