Gariwo: the gardens of the Righteous

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Svetlana Broz 1955

surgeon who told the stories of rescue from the conflict in the former Yugoslavia

The daughter of general Tito's eldest son's and a surgeon, she brought relief to the victims of war in the former Yugoslavia from 1992 to 1995. She collected many testimonies on episodes of rescue and help across the various clashing ethnic groups and poured them into the book Good People in Evil Times, Portraits of Complicity and Resistance in the Bosnian War. In 2006 she published the book Having What It Takes: Essays on Civil Courage

In 2000 she moved from Belgrade to Sarajevo, where she founded “Gariwosa”, the Bosnian chapter of the “Gardens of the Righteous Worldwide Committee”. There she went on fostering reconciliation and mutual respect between peoples and individuals by the means of juvenile education.
After the murder of Dusko Kondor, a teacher and a member of “Gariwosa”, she established the Kondor Award dedicated to the subject of civil courage. She and her close aides have received many death threats for their struggle against ethnic hatred and in favour of dialogue.

Exemplary figures

against ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslaviaì

People who opposed ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia during the war that broke out for the partition of the territory, after the collapse of the communist regime following Marshall Tito's death.
In 1992 Slovenia and Croatia became independent, the war in Bosnia broke out and Sarajevo was set under siege. It was the start of the "ethnic cleansing" carried out through systematic slaughters, the expulsion of civilians and mass rape.  
The Panel of UN experts who studied the opportunities to settle conflicts in the Balkan area defined ethnic cleansing as "the attempt to make a given area ethnically homogeneous by using force or threats to oust the people belonging to other ethnic or religious groups from it.”