to the official statements, Bosnia Hercegovina is a country in transition.
Well, up my ass. For 8 years, since the end of the war, it was a country
in transition, they said. But in fact the only transition Bosnia went
through was the war itself. Still there are foreigners you can read about
in magazines made by international funds, who speak about this slow 'transition'.
This time I found one article about tourism, in two languages so tourists
can read it too. One guy, accoording to the name a Dutch guy, speaks heavily
about setting up tourism in Bosnia but teaches the audience it is not
smart for Bosnia to focus on all segments because, although all segments
are at present, not all are competative with other countries. Ay, the
guy is so smart, any Bosnian would like to piss on him and first ask him
how much he earns, Speaking about tourism eight years after the war and
still earn money with that, how do you do that? before giving him the
advise to get lost, or to go home. In fact it was mentioned seven years
ago that if all Germans would take their holiday in Bosnia in 1993, the
war would have been over inmeadiately, within two weeks.
Indeed Bosnia is doing extremely difficult time. Eight years after the
war the new reality has established itself and this new reality is disaster
pro forma. Nationalism is on the rise again, purely out of frustration.
The number of unemployed is still as high as eight years ago, about 20
to 25 procent, but what is this number in a country were nothing functions
normal, so why would statistics do. And those who have a job need another
one in order to pay the bills. Some contruction companies that went to
Bosnia are leaving since the international funds dried up, the work is
done, bridges repaired, and Bosnians shouldn't complain.
My friend who's a docter conformed himself with the idea there will not
be any progress and since he recently has two children, he doesn't need
to worry about his financing his hobby's anymore. Oher friends are having
jobs for several month only, swallowing the promise it was going to take
a year at least. Another friend who managed to get some credit is worrying
every second of the day, how to pay back that money. Even if she has a
great guesthouse by now, and even earning some money with it, still all
bills should be paid while there is the constant fear of not having all
permissions needed to recieve guests.
Here we touch another problem: burocracy. Actually the transition as took
place in Bosnia was a transition that changed the shapes of the houses
but it did not change the way the government functions. According to a
well informed friend, Bosnia is second on the list if it is about burocracy,
after Nigeria. That is actualy surprising, a country like Nigeria having
more paperwork while in Bosnia all fighting parties were given the possibility
to maintain the rules of their own 'kingdoms'. There are about 56 ministers
in this tiny country, two entities of which one is a federation made out
of two entities. And all got what they wanted. When the international
community burocracy came in, in 1996, there was no-one who said; "get
ris of this rubbish", as scared as they probably were of these people
here ('real fighters'). So all fighting factions got what they wanted,
leaving Bosnia with a huge public system which has nothing to say and
hardly functions. There is still OHR in BiH. OHR stand for the Office
of the High Representative (of the international community). I think Paddy
Ashdown is the chairman at the moment. But these foreigners grew up with
the idea things must be changed to make it better so they change the set
up of the complete public braodcasteing network again. Third time by now.
During wartime things got solved with power. Now Bosnia transformes more
and more into a police state. It was told to me that new recruits were
out on the streets. During 8 days of visit we got stopped about 45 times.
Normally we use the language and the charme to skipp the penalty we have
to pay, but not this time. Maybe because it was summer season, hunting
season, full of diaspora kids. Hundreds of teenagers and young adults
who left the country with their perants in the beginning of the war some
ten years ago, now are visiting BiH. They drive Mercedes or BMW, the only
car that can bring some status, and they pay themselves sick to penalties
from the police. And so did we.
Our advise: visit Bosnia as much as possible, there is no country that
deserves to do better then this country, but do not visit it in summer
time. The country is beautifull and it needs your attention. After all,
we were speaking about European integration here.
Some highlights of our visit:
Please take a note we have visited Bosnia also some month later when we
were on our way to the borders of Iraq.
Meanwhile we have been many times in Sarajevo and Bosnia Hercegovina. The situation is still complicated, the prospects limited and the future bleak. We advise you to go to that beautifull place and do not read the great stories of determenation but experience them.
Objectives : Eco village
contact : Borislav Jankovic
related websites: Zelenkovac
kilometer : 4831
relation with 80 questions : music and Jazz festival and painters
: Let's Quit
Objectives : Concerts and beer
related websites : Let's
kilometer : 4633
relation with 80 questions : Eindhoven connection and music and
more, much more.
: Ex Yu Rocks Festival
Objectives : cultural reintegration and social help
contact : Arno van der Pas
related websites: Cross
kilometer : 4742
relation with 80 questions : friends in many things
see also: Euro 2007 report
: City Tour Sarajevo
Objectives : Get to know this town better
contact : Amir Telebicerovic
related websites : city
kilometer : 5741
with 80 Questions : our guide into deeper understanding.
Objectives : World music program
contact : Zoran Catic or
Maja Teronic at EFM radio
or Dubravko Jeremic
of radio 1
related websites : EFM
kilometer : 5756
with 80 Questions : Enjoy with an old friend
: Guest House
Objectives : support of conscioussness in BiH, income generation
related websites : Mali Raj
kilometer : 5696
with 80 Questions : accommodation
: Rob van der Ploeg
Objectives : to cycle to the border of Iraq
contact : Peace
internal websites : bikeride
with 80 Questions : guiding Eindhoven initiatives
being interviewed for RTRS
Objectives : get the picture
contact : Peace
related websites : Srebrenica
with 80 Questions : get more things clear
Objectives : get back
contact : FIS Kultura
related websites : FIS Kultura
kilometer : check this out
with 80 Questions : Being a few years in this city means loosing a part of your soul. You have to come back, to search for it, to visit it and to nurse it. That's what we like to do. This was a presentation in 2011 at FIS Kultura.