“Sarajevo is the most beautiful city…”

Travelreport Summer 2004

“For me Sarajevo is the most beautiful city”, a German patient says enthusiastically. “Anyway, it was 15 years ago, when I was there for a while.”

Sarajevo today: a lively city of strong contrasts. After our arrival at the airport, we are driving along the skyscraper settlements of the suburbs for miles and miles. Socialist house building into pure culture, Bullet holes in fassades.

You see the wardamage with every step. In the city centre: former glory got very shabby in the meantime, disintegrated or renovated tastefully next to modern buildings. The historic city with Turkish influence, numerous minarets coins the cityscape.

The orientation in the city is simple. “In Sarajevo, you cannot be lost.” The valley, the river, the surrounding mountains. We are going with our hostess to the seminar location. From there above, they have shot, we were crossing the street without any protection ‘Sniper´s Alley’, we have been in the habbit of scurrying like the mice, always having the fear on our back. Also today, almost 10 years after the war, memories are awake and omnipresent. Scarce a conversation, a walk without histories from the war. Talk about it again and again, that is necessary and helpful.

 

We are getting this experience also during the homoeopathy works:

No anamnesis, no case history without the themes of war. Despite of all the differences, how people have got the experiences with the war here, however they all have one thing in common:

These years were formative, which left their mark, more or less consciously, more or less expressed. Sometimes only circumscribed: “Our flat has been occupied and we have been maltreated psychically and physically”, I am protocolling it. We have understood. “Please don’t ask any further questions!” Is our fantasy sufficient to imagine what is hidden behind these words?    

 

Homoeopathy in Bosnia

A delicate little flower, when the first colleagues of HOG in Mostar established a clinic in 1997 and ran it for 4 years. In addition to hundreds of treatments, the first training in homoeopathy was offered. After that, the second generation was trained by an English sister organisation. In the meantime, an aspiring organisation has become from a delicate little flower:

The Bosnian Society for Homoeopathy. The knowledge of Homoeopathy is spreading.

There are a number of clinics and a large number of interested parties. Since the end of 2003, a new basic training has been carried out with 40 highly motivated attendees from Sarajevo and its region. After the first months of basic training, a training practice in smaller groups is also offered in the meantime, partly in Sarajevo – (still) run by HOG - , partly in the well-running clinic in Mostar, which has already been taken over by trainees of the first course.

Lessons take place in team-teaching and are mainly kept by our HOG teachers from Germany. In the meantime, more and more Bosnian colleagues are incorporated in the lessons. The aim: The advanced homoeopaths should be trained, so that they are able to teach, run working groups, carry out training practice and also grow into supervision works, independently.

Every month we go in pairs to teach in Sarajevo for one week: 2-days teacher training, 2-days basic training and 2-days training practice for beginners. A full programme which demands us variedly. In addition to the homoeopathic knowledge, we give the pedagogic and communicative know-how.

Teaching in another cultural circle means rethinking, back-pedalling, flexibility. It demands and does pleasure. It brings fulfilment because we see: Despite all differences, we all speak a common language: the Homoeopathy. The regulations, the construct of ideas and the fundamental works are equal. Wonder and gratitude for curativeness of these small ‘kuglitza’, the so-called homoeopathic globules in Bosnian, connect us. Across the borders. Create friendships, create peace. The famous drop in the ocean.

Before the departure we have a last walk, a last coffee in the favourite pub. Wonderful parks with the old stock of trees. It was not allowed to cut them, even if wood was so much a rare resource during the war. What a fortune, for the people and for the city of today. Sarajevo, you beautiful city!

 

Rosemarie Kaiser

Training Management of Sarajevo Project

The contact person

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Background:

The Winter Olympics 1984 took place in Sarajevo as well as in the mountains of its region.

Since 1992, Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its declaration of independence of Yugoslavia led to the war of Bosnia, in which Sarajevo was a hard-fought city.

The city of Sarajevo has a population of 304.000 and approx. 500.000 people live in the metropolitan area of Sarajevo. Therefore, Sarajevo is the city in this country with the most population.

During the war in Bosnia, Sarajevo was divided into one of the Bosnian and Herzegovina government controlled Bosnia-Croatian part and into one of the Republic of Serbian Krajina controlled Serbian part which shelled each other. The part controlled by the government troops (the city centre and the old town also belong to it) was beleaguered for exactly 1425 days.

The siege began on 5th April 1992 and is the longest siege in the history of the city. The core of Sarajevo was completely surrounded. Due to this siege and battles, 10,615 people from all ethnic groups including 1,601 children were killed according to the government of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Approx. 50,000 people were partly seriously injured by shells, mines or marksmen.

More background to the war in Bosnia, you will find in our book-documentation about the project in Mostar.