Bosnian Memories is an example of how the combination of oral history and technology can contribute to rebuilding trust in a post-conflict society. It provides online access to personal narratives of war across borders of language and culture, and aims to support the development of an inclusive society with space for multiple historical interpretations and uneasy truths. Scholarly research and human rights practices have shown that the preconditions for long-term social and economic development in post-war societies are largely determined by the capacity of its political leaders, media, judiciary, intellectual community and educators to deal with a burdened past. New independent countries in the Western Balkans, former republics of Yugoslavia, are facing the challenge of building a civil society strong enough to publicly acknowledge the history of ethnic cleansing during the war in the nineties, and systematic killing and displacement of minority groups in World War II. Without public recognition of these traumatic events, the past will remain an obstacle in the process of forging a stable and peaceful society. The process of articulating war experiences is a necessary condition for the social agency of different groups that are not at all or insufficiently represented in the public realm, political discourse and historical curriculum.
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