From 1991-1996 several brutal wars took place In the Balkans of central Europe, mostly in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Much of the violence was in the south of BiH, the region known as Herzegovina. I followed the wars closely and in July, 2000 visited the country myself. Over the years I fell in love with the country and the people. From 2017 – 2020, I taught several semesters at Dzemal Bijedic University in Mostar. One of my goals of teaching in Bosnia has been to allow the students to build a hope and self-confidence that would translate into those students leading the country into a peaceful and stabile civil society. At the end of one particularly difficult but rewarding semester I received the following note. May we all work for this kind of hope, confidence, and sense of justice:

Hi! Just wanted to say it was a beautiful afternoon/evening and I really appreciate everything you’ve done, you’re doing and planning to do for us. And when I say us, I’m not only refering to your students, but as well as us as a youth of Mostar and us as a whole Mostar and Bosnia and Herzegovina. And as one of my favourite quotes says: “I’m not saying I’m gonna rule the world or I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee you that I will spark the brain that will change the world. And that’s our job, It’s to spark somebody else watching us.” (Tupac, one of my favourite artists) , so I guarantee you you’re one of those people, sir! Thank you, thank you, thank you! ❤️

FROM AN ANONYMOUS BOSNIAN STUDENT