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Miki Jacevic on Preventing Genocide, Part 2

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Title

Miki Jacevic on Preventing Genocide, Part 2

Subject

Genocide -- Prevention.
Genocide -- Intervention.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Miki Jacevic, a survivor of the Yugoslav War. This video was originally produced by Media Entertainment, Inc., for the 2000 documentary The Genocide Factor.

Creator

Media Entertainment, Inc.

Source

Genocide Factor Collection, Oral History Program, Tampa Library,
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Publisher

Tampa, Fla. : University of South Florida Tampa Library.

Date

1999-11-05

Contributor

Jacevic, Miki

Relation

G36-00030
Tape number: 4143B

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Nelson, Jane

Interviewee

Jacevic, Miki

Transcription

What I think mostly needs to happen, we need to create situations and create a world that works for everyone, in which there wouldn’t be even a possibility of a genocide happening. And for that, I think it’s really—and I was a very much pragmatic realist, thinking if this has happened to Sarajevo, where we all used to live together, this can happen anywhere. People are just beasts; people don’t like each other, blah-blah-blah. And for that regard, we’ll just have to be who we are and be strong in our identities, and so be it. I have literally, through my abilities to travel the world, work with especially young people, and do processes of healing and conflict resolution and human rights and democracy and civic participation and empowerment, I have realized that by creating certain conditions and avoiding those conditions that have created genocide in the first place—which again we all can trace into the realm of political, economic, social, and cultural arts, even: all of the elements that finally create genocide, if intervened into properly and at certain times, can produce peace. So, that’s why I place so much focus and so much attention into the realm of education and working with young people, bringing young people of different conflict sides together, giving them opportunities for the first time to share their stories and try to realize that in the realm of healing and potential reconciliation, there’s so much more possibilities for all of us and for international community to come together and create moments for peace all over the place. I am seeing a lot of positive signs, because the fact is that regardless of the fact that yes, there is a clash of civilization, and yes, there are many more situations—like little Bosnias, as I call them—happening. At the same time, we are becoming a global culture. We are learning about those things much faster than we did in the past. We are learning on an individual level. There was a story about a young Kosovar woman in Pristina who kept emailing people in the outside world daily about what was going on, which wasn’t even available to us in Sarajevo only five years ago, let alone forty years ago in the Holocaust situation. So what I’m seeing is that information is more available, readily available. I think even political structures on a global level are readily—more readily engaged in responding to the acts of genocidal and communal violence, like in East Timor: similar situation happened, and the U.N. unfortunately was not fast enough, but still came there within a couple of months. So I see a lot of potential and hope, and I place that hope in a framework in which I think prevention and work on really pre-creating situations of violence can create change. So there is lots we could do.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

3:28

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “Miki Jacevic on Preventing Genocide, Part 2,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed December 14, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/551.