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The Village the War Forgot

They may be from different ethnic groups, but the residents of Baljvine never took up arms against each other.

The Village the War Forgot is a story about the village of Baljvine in Republika Srpska, the Bosnian Serb entity of Bosnia and Hercegovina. This is the only village in Bosnia in which Bosniaks and Serbs never came to blows. During the Second World War and the more recent Bosnian war, they protected each other from invaders and preserved their community. The mosque in Baljvine is the only one in Republika Srpska which wasn’t destroyed or heavily damaged during the 1992-95 war.

The villagers proudly say that Bosnia would be a much happier country if everyone followed their example and respected and cherished their neighbours regardless of their ethnicity.

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