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Our projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina

AMICA e.V. has been working in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1993. Initial humanitarian aid efforts quickly evolved into a pilot project offering psychosocial assistance to traumatized women. Today, many of these centers operate independently.

Breaking the Silence

Twenty years after the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the scars have not yet healed. Too many war crimes have not been resolved, too many perpetrators are not taken to court. This represents a significant threat to the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina. AMICA and her partner organization in Tuzla engage in a new project to support witnesses of war crimes, raises public awareness on the issue and how to deal with the past.

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Support for Women in Rural Areas

The war in Bosnia (1992 – 95) drove many people from their villages along the Drina. Since then, AMICA e.V. is supporting women from the region Zvornik and their families. Our project house in Tuzla provided a safe haven for many of them during and after the war. When the families returned to their homes we supported the women in establishing agricultural cooperatives. Now they receive further know-how and assistance to develop their "clubs".

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Combating Violence against Women

Particularly in post-conflict regions, gender-based violence is a major problem. All partner-organizations of AMICA report an increasing number of clients who complain of abuse in the family and in their social environment. Three organizations in three regions have set up a network for the next three years to effectively combat domestic violence in post-war areas.

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25 years of AMICA – Participatory Evaluation of Psychosocial Work in Post-Conflict Regions

“Today, when we see each other on the street, we greet each other, we embrace each other.” Elma, who wants to remain anonymous, smiles when we ask her how she is feeling today. Surrounded by all the other women and friends who, just like herself, have had to confront the long-term consequences of war, she tells us: “AMICA is like a second home for us”. Elma joined our project in Bosnia-Herzegovina 15 years ago. In 1994, we opened the first shelter for internally displaced women and children. During the past few months we have spoken to women such as Elma to find out more about our impact in the region.

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With 50 € we can provide a legal advisor, with 80 € job training and with 150 € psychological support for women in conflict areas:

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