It’s has been over a decade since the war in the Balkans, the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II. The war ended with a toll of approximately 100,000 people dead, a million displaced and a systematic ethnic cleansing. Despite the calamities suffered by all Bosnian communities, since the war began, there is still no will to set in motion a true process of reconciliation.Currently, Bosnia is still divided by ethnic boundaries, without even being able to acknowledge their past or face the future, and coexisting with serious internal problems such as the wound of the civil war, high unemployment rate, corruption and political clientelism.
The Balkan Song is an essay about personal spaces and the everyday refuges of people from Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia that, in spite of their war scars, they don’t forget that life goes on.
By Neus Solà