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Background
In 2014 Medica Zenica and medica mondiale conducted a study with 51 survivors of war rape and sexual violence from Bosnia and Herzegovina who had used Medica Zenica's services during and after the war. Within the qualitative methodology, seven participants were selected according to certain relevant criteria to take part in life story interviews; a special type of in-depth interview providing additional information about the long-term impacts of war rape and sexual violence, and a longitudinal perspective of coping processes. In this video, Zehra tells us her story.


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Medica Zenica, Sabiha Husi?; Irma Šiljak (2016). We are still alive. 7 Life Stories. The story of Zehra. Actress: Selma Alispahic. Director: InfoBiro.


Here you can watch the video clip of the study and read the summary of the research.

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Original title: "Djeluju?i ka dostojanstvu" - Dokumentarni film 10'

In 2013 medica mondiale and her partner organisation Medica Zenica celebrated their 20th anniversary. Medica Zenica took up its work when in 1993 Monika Hauser together with Bosnian collegues opened a project house for supporting women survivors of war and sexualised violence.

The documentation film „Working towards dignity“ gives an overview of the work and mission of Medica Zenica. Different areas of the work of Medica Zenica are introduced, such as the Safe House or the Children Drop Center. It is pointed out that several publications made it possible for the organisation to gain attention and support by public figures such as UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie.

Sabiha Husic, director of Medica Zenica, explains that from the beginning Medica Zenica supports not only women who survived sexualised violence in war but also survivors of domestic violence or violence in the community.

Comments by Medica Zenica staff, beneficiaries as well as politicians shape a clear picture of the organisations work and highlight its importance.

The services that "Medica" provides include not only psychological or medical assistance, but also occupational therapy, legal aid and economic empowerment through vocational training courses also in rural areas, which are highly valued by their beneficiaries.

„Medica Zenica is the only organisation that came to our areas, rural areas – villages where no one comes. And they provided us with education and enabled it to be recorded into our work cards. That is a huge point!“ explains one of the clients. Another woman shares: „Medica Zenica gave me a lot, from psychological up to economic empowerment. I can simply provide a better future to my children."

Along with direct work with survivors of war trauma and post-war violence, Medica Zenica implements a variety of educational, research, advocacy, and publishing projects.

Husejin Smalovic, mayor of Zenica, outlines: „Everything that others have missed, everything hat others were supposed to do – Medica (Zenica) did.”


Video about the Research "We are still alive" on the long-term consequences of war rape and coping strategies of survivors in Bosnia Herzegovina

Research "We are still alive" and summary of the research on the long-term consequences of war rape and coping strategies of survivors in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Background:



In 2014 Medica Zenica and medica mondiale conducted a study with 51 survivors of war rape and sexual violence from Bosnia and Herzegovina who had used Medica Zenica's services during and after the war. This is the summary of the research.
Full Title: "We are still alive. We have been harmed but we are brave and strong.” Second revised edition. (November 2014).
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Video about the main research results and recommendations:



The research results show a complex picture of both continuous suffering for most survivors – due to the chronified posttraumatic dynamics and other challenges of mental and physical health, but also a perceived lack of social acknowledgement, lack of protection and ongoing life stressors – and a considerable ability to cope and recreate their lives and their relationships with others, giving rise to a number of relevant recommendations.

These recommendations are meant to reflect both the needs of survivors and the greater context of suffering as portrayed in the research results, namely its societal dimensions: Our research clearly revealed transgenerational effects of the survivors’ trauma on their children, as well as the wounds of war rape and sexual violence that remain unhealed and are reinforced and chronified by the tremendous lack of social acknowledgement and protection. Therefore, the recommendations need to be conceptualised in line with the international obligations of the state and entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina that guarantee access to justice and reparation. They should also be firmly placed within the national peace-building and reconciliation agenda.


Researchers: Sabiha Husi?, M.Sc., Irma Šiljak, Emina Osmanovi?, Ferida ?eki?, Lejla Heremi?


Consultants: Dr. Simone Lindorfer, Dr. Elvira Durakovi?-Belko, Andreja Dugandži?, Nejra ?engi?


Video Production: Film by Basti Hansen & Gil Nissan
Research and Summary of the Research

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