YOUNG people in Cornwall will learn first-hand about civil war and human rights atrocities when a group of youngsters from post-war Bosnia visit the county on Saturday.
The exchange project, organised by the Cornwall Youth Forum, will bring 12 young people from Bosnian towns of Mostar and Stolac to spend a week in the county to take part in a packed week of visits and activities.
“The aim of this exchange is to help both groups of young people to gain a greater understanding of human rights and democratic processes within the European Union,” said Cornwall Council’s youth work co-ordinator Soozie Tinn.
“By drawing on the experience of the young people from Bosnia, our youngsters will learn first-hand about human rights issues and see how youth forums in Bosnia and Herzegovina have worked together to bring reconciliation between the divided communities.
“At the same time the young people from Bosnia will have the chance to see how organisations such as the UK Youth Parliament and the British Youth Council can help influence democratic processes and deliver real change”.
The exchange project will culminate in a formal presentation about their experiences in Cornwall to MP’s and Cornwall Councillors in the Council Chamber in Truro on Saturday, December 21.
The project is being run in partnership with the Nansen Dialogue Centar (NDC) Mostar, a Bosnian-based organisation which promotes dialogue among young people from different ethnic groups.