At civic debate in Mostar problems of communal cleanliness and nationalism highlighted

On Friday 16th of October, in the premises of the Hotel “Bristol” in Mostar, a series of civic debates “Stories from Untoldville” continued. Debates are realized by the B&H Student Council Network together with the Agency for Cooperation, Education and Development from Banja Luka, within the project Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI) supported by European Union.

The participants were students and young people who discussed topics which are important for the life of the citizens in Mostar. During the debate, the main problem that was pointed out is waste disposal in Mostar and communal cleanliness, which are related to the unresolved status of the Uborak landfill, more precisely its closure and relocation which has been under discussion for a long time.

Young people in Mostar are concerned about the growing emergence of nationalism and its strengthening among young people. They stressed that local elections are approaching, and that tensions are increasingly felt in society caused by dangerous rhetoric and a sharp campaign led by political parties. The participants in the civic debate warned that because of all that, young people are increasingly exposed to the manipulation of political parties and politicians.

After the discussion, it was concluded that young people are the bearers of changes in society and that they should be the ones who could prevent the spread of nationalism and hatred in society.