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Following successful implementation in Blazuj and Usivak migrant camps, War Childhood Museum educators Amina Surkovic and Mersiha Began held a creative workshop titled “Mosaic of Our Dreams” at the recently opened “Reception Center for Minor Asylum Seekers and Unaccompanied/Vulnerable Children” in Sarajevo.

“Mosaic of Our Dreams” is designed to empower unaccompanied minors by allowing them to express their aspirations and hopes through art. In this workshop, participants used old newspapers and magazines to carefully select and cut out images that resonated with their dreams and aspirations. This initiative aimed to provide a safe and therapeutic space for these young individuals aged 12 to 17, enabling them to articulate their dreams visually and share their unique perspectives.

Through creating these dream mosaics, the workshop aimed to foster a sense of self-expression, community, and empowerment among the participants, offering them a platform to communicate their dreams and inspire hope for a brighter future.

“After conducting a workshop on creating a mosaic of their dreams with unaccompanied minors at the Reception Center, we have observed that creative efforts play a crucial role in nurturing a sense of hope and belonging. Normalizing their lives in Bosnia and Herzegovina, providing a feeling of being at home, is essential for these young individuals to turn their dreams into reality,” states educator Amina Surkovic.

The workshop was realized in collaboration with Musicians without Borders as part of the “Welcome Notes” project to connect communities, bridge divides, and heal the wounds of war and conflict.