Living in the Aftermath: Post-Traumatic Growth and “Ordinary Heroes” (Part VI)
This is the sixth and final installment of our series on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the visual arts.
Tears Falling on Bread
During the war it was difficult to help friends of another nationality because you were generally characterized as a traitor among your people, but Brankica was sure she had made the right decision.
Great Sorrow Seeks Great Souls
After her benevolence during the post-war period, people did not brand her a hero, but instead a person ostracized by her community. The best possible option for her was to return to Jajce, because, aside from helping Bajro, there was no place for her in Banja Luka anymore. But her return to Jajce was not salvation, only consolation.
The Brave Heart of an Artist
Ahmet did not care about the consequences because her name and religion were irrelevant to him. The only thing that was important was to provide a safe home for her, which he did.
Nikola Cvoro: Building Trust among Bosnian Youth
In a country such as ours, where young people don’t go to other parts of the city where they were born solely because they were taught not to, Nikola is a hero.
Wartime Sweets
That is how on one March morning in 1993, fates intertwined to fuse the threads of a friendship that would defy all differences and borders. It was on that morning that I met a man who became my inspiration and my role model in life.