Dealing with the past, surviving the present

Dealing with the past, surviving the present

January 18, 2023

Situation and needs of civilian war victims in Serbia, Kosovo and North Macedonia

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Western Balkans-developments are far from positive. This is evident from a report by the peace organization PAX titled ‘Dealing with the past, surviving the present.’

The Western Balkans still grapple with the aftermath of the wars that took place between 1990 and 2001. While the war-affected countries have developed economically and in terms of institution building and overall stability, the legacy of the conflicts has not been dealt with effectively and still impacts and shapes social relations between different ethnic groups. These underlying social tensions are entrenched in the social fabric of the Western Balkans and are a key factor in regional politics. As such, although the Western Balkans have moved on from the period of violence, they have not yet transformed into peaceful societies.

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