On the occasion of the International Day of Tolerance, on November 16, Bettina Vollath, member of the European Parliament in Brussels, in cooperation with the Association Forgotten children of war and the Alpha group -AT, organized an online panel discussion on the topic “Children born of war – from hidden population to bridge builders in post-conflict societies”. The panel lasted from 15:00 to 17:00, and the moderator of the panel was Sophie Roupetz.
Before the panel started, all participants had the opportunity to watch the recording of the play “In the name of the father”, a documentary-dance piece about children born of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, directed by Darrel Toulon. After the presentation of the play, the following addressed in the introductory speech:
- Amra Delić, neuropsychiatrist, International Researcher on Children Born of War (CBOW) and founder of the Forgotten Children of War Association (BiH)
- Darrel Toulon, Artistic Director of the play “In the Name of the Father”, Alfa Group (Austria)
- Ajna Jusić, President of the Forgotten Children of War Association (BiH)
- Marijana Senjak, Psychotherapist, Women’s Room – Center for Sexual Rights (Croatia)
- Feride Rushiti – Kosovo Center for the Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (Kosovo)
- Valentin Inzko, former High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina (Austria)(TBC)
- After the opening speech, at 16:00 a panel discussion began with the following participants:
- Saša Magazinović, Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Vasfije Krasniqi, Parliamentary Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo
- Saranda Boguyevci, Parliamentary Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo
- Andreas Schieder, Representative of the European Parliament (Austria)
- Katarina Kruhonja, Director of the Center for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights – Osijek (Croatia)
- Vesna Teršelič, Documenta – Center for Dealing with the Past (Croatia)
The panel discussion was opened by Bettina Vollath, a representative of the European Parliament in Brussels, who emphasized the importance of talking about “children born of war”, creating new dialogues of the future and creating bridges of peace. The address began with Dr. Amra Delić, a neuropsychiatrist and researcher on “children born of war” who devoted 20 years to clinical trauma research.