Mostar Friedensprojekt e.V. (MFP) is, since 1994, a registered non-governmental and a non-for-profit organization with charitable commitments in the state of Brandenburg, located with its head office in the city center of Potsdam. Additionally Mostar Friedensprojekt is registered as Mostar Mirovni Projekt since 1994 in Mostar and since 1995 in Sarajevo as humanitarian organisation under the auspices of the Federation BiH ministry of social affairs.
Its head office in Bosnia is in Kljuc, where we have built up an own infrastructure. The association organizes socio-cultural activities, artistic and cultural events and cultural publications at the local, national and international level. It has offered for many years information, general support, advice, logistic and humanitarian aid, job qualifications and consultancy to refugees and asylum seekers in the region of Brandenburg and Berlin.
Mostar Friedensproject is constantly coordinating and leading youth exchanges, European Voluntary Service, trainings, conferences, events and other support facilities within the framework of the European program Youth, Grundtvig, Europe for Citizen and LiFelong Learning. The association has the partners in many European countries, particularly in the Western Balkan, East Europe and the Caucasus. The most important aims and objectives of Mostar Friedensprojekt are to encourage and promote young people to commit to an active involvement in the democratic fight against racism and xenophobia, to stand up against prejudices and social exclusion in Germany and in Europe , especially South East Europe.
The association develops new forms and methods of inter-cultural learning for political-social-cultural issues, which we promote with our partners in many countries of Europe. We actively promote the ideals fo tolerance and the understanding for the diversity of culture and social behaviours. We do political education at the local and regional level, in Brandenburg and Berlin. One of the most important objectives of Mostar Friedensprojekt from its foundations is to stirr the debate about totalitarism in Europe in the twentieth century.
We have held several conferences focused on “European memory / remembrance culture(s)” and about the ways European national states are dealing with their National Socialist and Stalinist past. Mostar Friedensprojekt e.V. established and ran and still runs several projects in Bosnia-Herzegovina including a neighbourhood centre in Mostar, a center for physical theraphy and rehabilitation, a workshop for the manufacture of prosthesis for land mine victims and a center for international youth encounters in Kljuc, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The History and our Background
START OF THE BALKAN WARS 1991
We know where we come from! … we were students on the verge of becoming scientists and professionals in our future jobs. Our roots were at the Free University of Berlin, when the iron curtain came down and gave freedom to Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Albania. We were present, when the war broke out in the Western Balkans, when Yugoslavia disassembled into Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Kosovo. In the Winter of 1992 we initiated a string of conferences dedicated to the multiple complexes of war in the Western Balkans. We called it “Balkan Kontrovers” and we did, what intellectuals do – we published.
Peace Movement „Initiative zur Unterstützung der Friedensbewegungen in(m ehmaligen) Jugoslawien“
We became peace activists of the first hours. Stimulated by the initiative of Hilde Schramm and Bosiljka Schedlich a dedicated group of young and old assembled in the peace center of the Martin-Niemöller-Haus in Pacelliallee, Berlin, each week. In the discussions around the table we analyzed the course and the causes of war in Yugoslavia. We connected with the all-German peace movement that had emerged from the Easter marches against rearmament in the 1960s, its demonstrations against nuclear power in the 1970s and against the stationing of cruise missiles in the 1980s. We learned to say the words “former Yugoslavia”. We witnessed the break of the Green party into interventionists and pacifists. We learned to go from discussion to information to agitation to actions. We learned to work with media, with parties, with local communities, with international organisations and with … armies.
Keine Mauer durch Sarajevo Working together to help!
– “No wall through Sarajevo” – Berliner Appell: Keine Mauer durch ! 23.7.1993 We became humanitarian activists and learned to network and to lobby for humanitarian actions that help and change the situation on the ground. In 1993 we convinced the Berlin Parliament to support our initiative “No Wall through Sarajevo”. We received an office in the premises of Berlin’s Alternative List in Kreuzberg with two phones. Two jobs were sponsored by the local parliamentarians of Alternative Liste and by the federal and the EU parliament delegates of the Die Grünen/Bündnis90. The mayors of all districts of Berlin called the population to give and to give and to give. Berlin’s police carried the goods with their transporters to Spandau. Deutsche Post supplied us with thousands of standardized yellow packages. Bosnian Red Cross organized a hall in Spandau and dozens of refugees from Bosnia from asylum homes began to sort humanitarian goods. German Bundeswehr drove the ready-made packages to the U.S. air force base in Frankfurt/Main. International air force carried it by air to the NATO air force base Aviano, Italy, and parachuted the humanitarian aid into enclosed pockets in Eastern Bosnia, especially to Maglaj and Tuzla. Pharmaceuts and doctors all over Germany collected medicine, with hired trucks we drove it down to Metkovic into the German humanitarian aid center, forwarded the goods guarded by refugees and German peace activists through the lines of the warring factions to Sarajevo, Middle Bosnia, Tuzla. Post-communists in the Berlin Parliament were excluded from our intiative “No Wall through Sarajevo”. So we connected them with the Socialist Workers’ Movement and supported their “Hellersdorf hilft Tuzla” initiative, which brought their trucks in the end into the beleaguered city of Tuzla. Activists: Fazlagic, Jasna Malkoc, Ronni …
Washingtoner Agreement makes Peace seem possible In the winter 1993/94 a German-U.S. diplomatic initiative hammered out a truce between the Croat HVO and the Bosniac Armija BiH leading to the Washington Agreement, which founded the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The borders were now open to supply the Bosniac enclaves. A general peace settlement seemed near.
Neighbour Center Liska Ulica In the years 1994 – 2001 MFP rented and rebuild a House in Liska Ulica as future Community Center Mostar
Building a Community Center for Mostar In winter 1994 we (Tilman Schröder, Daniel Zeller, Michael Heimbach, Uta Liebrich, Lisa Eichhorn, Dimitrios Tsakiris, Andreas Unger, Sascha Streb,William Beittel, … Schmidt, Elisabeth Schroedter, Andre Stanisavljevic, Eggert Hardten, André Teichmann) founded Mostar Friedensprojekt in the Berlin House of Democracy. We received our “e.V.” (registered associationa) registration in May 1995 in Potsdam. The same year we set up our base in a destroyed house on the confrontation line in the middle of Mostar and built up the Cultural and Neighbourhood Centre in the Liska bb. All this happened with the help of international activists and local enthusiasts. . We started in parallel with the EU Administration in Mostar and with dozens of other humanitarian organization streaming into the city. MFP would stay for seven years until 2002. Nach mehrmaligen Reisen von Daniel Zeller und Eggert Hardten nach Mostar kam es zur Identifikation des Sitzes eines zukünftigen Nachbarschafts- und Kulturzentrums in Mostar West. MFP unterschrieb 1995 einen fünfjährigen Vertrag zur Wiederinstandsetzung und Anmietung in der Liska Ulica BB Mostar mit Mihajlo Kon, dem Nachkommen der Familie Kon.
Brandenburg hilft Bosnia
Präsident Dr. Knoblich: Ich bin von allen im Landtag vertretenen Fraktionen gebeten worden, darauf hinzuweisen und Ihnen vorzutragen, daß die Präambel der Verfassung Brandenburgs das Land verpflichtet, seine Verantwortung für das sich einigende Europa und die eine Welt wahrzunehmen. Die ausweglose Kriegssituation in Bosnien mit ihren dramatischen Folgen für die Zivilbevölkerung macht eine schnelle und unkonventionelle Hilfe dringend erforderlich. Die Aktion “Brandenburg hilft Bosnien”, die initiiert werden soll, soll mithelfen, das Überleben der Zivilbevölkerung vor allem während der Wintermonate zu ermöglichen. Landtag Brandenburg, Plenarprotokoll, 1. Wahlperiode, 86. Sitzung, 27. Januar 1994, Seite 6965
Dayton Agreement Paris Agreement
21. November 1995 – Die Balkan Annäherungsgespräche auf der Wright Patterson Airbase in Dayton, Ohio enden nach 3 Wochen mit einem Vertrag. (www1.umn.edu/humanrts/icty/day…) In this Nov. 21, 1995 file photo, from left, Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic, Croatian President Franjo Tudjman and U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher applaud after initialing a pact after an agreement was reached at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base after 21 days at the Proximity Peace Talks in Dayton, Ohio. (Joe Marquette, Associated Press) Amb. Holbrooke was instrumental in the decision to bring the warring parties together at Dayton and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in November 1995.
Meet Our Team
EGGERT HARDTENHEAD OF BOARD
Board Member of Mostar Friedensprojekt and Senior Analyst at European Stability Initiative (ESI)
Manuela DemelMEMBER OF THE BOARD
Board member, Workshop Facilitator and Projektmanager at pewobe g GmbH
EMIL BENDERMEMBER OF THE BOARD
Board member, treasury and Logistics responsible
Trainer, Webdesign and Artist
Çağrı PehlivanMEMBER OF THE BOARD
Board Member and Technical support
Hany MoussaOrganization Member