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The role of museums to process the past and promote development

Jasminko Halilovic

Event: Geneva Peace Talks 2018
Location: Palais des Nations
Date: 21/09/2018

“While not all of you can share the experience of growing up in war like these children, we can relate to their fears, dreams and hopes. In the end, we are all survivors of our own stories and we all should have a platform to share our stories in our own words.”

Founder and director of the War Childhood Museum, Jasminko Halilovic, talks about the important role museums can play in peacebuilding. He explains that the experience of childhood affected by war is universal and reminds us that peace is everyone’s responsibility.

Geneva Peace Talks 2018. Recorded at the Palais des Nations on September 21, 2018.


Jasminko Halilovic

Jasminko is the founder and director of the War Childhood Museum – the world's only museum that focuses exclusively on the experience of childhood affected by war. The museum was awarded the Council of Europe 2018 Museum Prize. Jasminko is also the founder and president of URBAN Association – one of the leading cultural NGOs in the Balkans region. He is the author and editor of several books, including the award-winning “War Childhood” that has been translated into six languages. In 2018, Jasminko became the first Bosnian to be selected for the prestigious Forbes "30 under 30" list.