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Museum of War Childhood to open in Sarajevo

Museum of War Childhood to open in Sarajevo
Children during the Sarajevo siege, winter of 1992-1993 (Image: Christian Maréchal under a CC licence)

9 September 2015

The Museum of War Childhood is set to open in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in May 2016.

The initiative was launched by Jasminko Halilovic, founder of Sarajevo’s URBAN Association, who also founded the wider Childhood in War project in 2010. The project includes a book of the same name, which foregrounds the personal testimonies of people who experienced growing up during wartime. The Museum of War Childhood represents the next step of the Childhood in War project.

“While working on the book [...] people brought me the most unbelievable things that they were keeping in their cellars or under the beds, and that is when an idea was born in my head to preserve those things somewhere, one day,” said Mr Halilovic.

While the collection of the Museum of War Childhood will be put together by the URBAN Association, its construction will be funded primarily by private investors. The museum will be self-sustaining, and will employ around a dozen young people.