Zainab Salbi: In the Land of Blood and Honey





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Uploaded on Dec 20, 2011

Angelina Jolie: We chose to make a film set during the war in Bosnia in part to remind the world of what happened there so recently. It is our hope that In the Land of Blood and Honey contributes to the discussion and understanding of this war, and the tremendous toll that war takes on individuals.

Zainab Salbi: Women for Women International was founded because of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina -- there were rape camps and concentration camps in the early '90s and we were all witnessing it and not much was being done to stop it actually and that's how Amjad Atallah and myself started Women for Women International.

ZS: In the case of Bosnia there were 2 million who were refugees and internally displaced people and that by definition meant the split of a lot of families.

ZS: It was and I would argue it is still very disorienting for many many people to grow up believing in one thing -- and a beautiful thing mind you -- you know this was a model of a country that accepted all, and to actually have that beauty destroyed by - with hatred for reasons that no one knew why -- why all of a sudden.

ZS: This is not only the destruction of a social fabric 18 years ago - it's, you -- it's a, it's a pain that has not healed yet.

ZS: I think the lessons that comes out of Bosnia for me is the importance of dialogue and healing - and in Bosnia that dialogue has apparently has not happened from 500 years ago -- but it has not even happened from this last war. There isn't healing in this country and sometimes the healing entails acknowledgement of what happened, the injustice that happened. Sometimes the healing entails an apology. And sometimes the healing entails forgiveness, even when not asked to be forgiven. ###


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