Friendship in Sarajevo during the Bosnian War – Surviving with the help of the Jewish Community

‘In this European war, Jews were not the victims. In this war, Jews were saving Muslims and Christians. During the Bosnian war (1992-1995), the Jewish community of Sarajevo refused to take sides, opened their own humanitarian aid agency inside the city’s synagogue, and were soon joined by their Muslim, Croat and Serbian friends. While outside [...]

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History

Radio La Benevolencija Humanitarian Tools Foundation (Radio La Benevolencija) takes as its role model La Benevolencija Sarajevo, a local organization that played a unique humanitarian role during the Bosnian war (1992-1995). It is as a result of founding Director George Weiss’ work for this organization, that a group of Amsterdam-based Media professionals was inspired in 2002 to set up an organisation to produce media projects in La Benevolencija’s unique spirit of solidarity with- and empowerment of people that are the targets of Hate violence.

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Previous Projects

Rwanda Reconciliation Radio (2003- 2005)
Financed by the Dutch and Belgian Embassies in Rwanda, this project supported the start of the Gacaca village tribunal process (Gacaca) following the genocide and to sensitize the entire population on the psychological mechanisms that were used to incite the perpetrators so that they may resist incitement to harm one another in the future.

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