Welcome to the Vermont Folklife Center’s New Neighbors project. This Web site focuses on Bosnia and is the first of a series that will present the personal experiences and cultural heritage of new Vermonters who have been resettled here as refugees.
We begin with a video portrait of Ramiz and Sabiha Mujkanovic, produced by filmmaker Mira Niagolova. Ramiz is a long-time friend of the Vermont Folklife Center whom you will meet again in the following pages—along with others who have come to Vermont from Bosnia and have graciously agreed to share their knowledge and experience here.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is an ancient country on the Balkan Peninsula bordered by Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, and the Adriatic Sea. In the early 1990s, armed conflict accompanied by massive human rights abuses forced over half of Bosnia’s population of 4.4 million from their homes. An estimated 1.3 million were internally displaced, approximately 500,000 refugees fled to neighboring countries, and some 700,000 refugees were in Western Europe.