War wounds are not easy to heal. This is true for men as for things. In Bosnia and Herzegovina the signs of war are still visible in the streets, in homes and in people's eyes, ready to remind us how slow and difficult is the return to peace.
On 21 November 1995, three signatures put an end to the war in former Yugoslavia with the Dayton Agreement, which formally closed the hostilities of the Civil War.
18 years after the end of the conflict, the dream of a unified country is still far away, and the promises of the Agreement have not been kept.
The war refugees, who had been assured the right to a home, are still forced to live in containers or partially destroyed buildings. the city of Srebrenica, sadly famous for the 1995's massacre of 8000 Bosnian Muslims by the General Mladic's troops, is only one of the many places where the war consequences are clearly evident. The refugee camp of "Baratova" and the dilapidated Hotel Domavia still hosts tens of families in critical conditions. UNHCR estimate 112,802 (2012) persons are still internally displaced.
Meanwhile, the ICMP (International Commission on Missing Persons) still works to identify missing persons. In Tuzla, a hundred kilometers from Sarajevo, there are storage facilities where the skeletal remains and personal belongings of the victims found in mass graves are stored, collected and analyzed. According to ICMP , at the end of the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, 40,000 people were missing, presumed dead.
So far, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, about 10.000 people are still missing.
New generations hope to enter, one day, in the European Union, but peace still seems fragile and politicians do not seem to have any will to give up their power for a strong and united country.