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ICTY Through Children's Eyes

How do you imagine justice? What kind of work does the Tribunal do? Will war crime trials contribute to reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

These questions were posed to children aged 7 to 14 at the ICTY workshop during the annual ‘Sarajevo Kids festival’. Since 2013, the Youth Outreach project has been extended to include this particular age group.

Every year during the workshops, hundreds of children from BiH interact with Outreach representatives. They are shown age-appropriate photographs of wartime events and of ICTY proceedings, which serve as a catalyst for a discussion about the war and its consequences.

The children are encouraged to express their thoughts on justice and the need for war crime trials through drawings. Their enthusiastic response and the drawings they create show that even children born after the war are interested in, and have their own views about the events of the 1990s and the post-conflict recovery of their communities.

The selections of drawings presented in these slideshows offer us a child’s eye view of international justice and of the work of the ICTY, and invite us to reflect on their underlying message.

Sarajevo Kids Festival, 2014

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Sarajevo Kids Festival, 2013