blog posts from GYC's participants, alumni, & staff
By Sierra Kraft (GYC Delegate to Bosnia, July 2014)
We had a scheduled free weekend on July 12th and 13th. On Saturday, some participants decided to attend a photography exhibition at Gallery 11/07/95, which is within the Cinema for Peace Foundation. The exhibit featured photographs from the genocide at Sbrenica from Tarik Samarah, the museum’s director, and British photographer, Paul Lowe. A few words were expressed about the photographs taken at Sbrenica, and the haunting photographs captured the terror and sorrow of this horrific event in a single still frame, which continues to haunt the memories of those who lived through the experience.
Early the next morning, we departed on bus to Mostar. The bus was so full that a few passengers had to sit on the floor. Once in Mostar, we had a wander around and found a restaurant with Bosnian and Italian cuisine. As soon as we finished eating, it began to downpour, so we took refuge in shops and once the rain let up, we were able to cross the infamous Mostar Bridge. The bridge was bombed in 1992 and was rebuilt in 2004, and now is one of the most famous bridges in BiH. We snapped photos, and saw a couple men collecting money to jump off. We saw the man jump and had Bosnian coffee just atop the bridge. We continued shopping and wandering throughout the city and saw that many buildings that were bombed during the war still remained in disrepair but is one of the biggest financial centers in Mostar. We caught a bus back to Sarajevo in the early evening and were able to get an early dinner and rest before our meetings in Sarajevo the next day.