The never-ending post-war “reconstruction”. Sarajevo between waiting and hoping
Post-war rehabilitation of society in Bosnia and Herzegovina, based on the principle of exalting exclusivist affiliation with one of the three constituent nations, has been rather unsuccessful and has led to anger and disappointment in Sarajevo; however, besides despair it has also produced hopes for a better future. The main target of the criticism from the people of Sarajevo is the failure to establish a “normal life” within the framework of a dysfunctional “non-existing state”. This article describes how individuals, who declare themselves to be anti-nationalists and Bosnians and Herzegovinians, practice hope in post- war Sarajevo and offers insight into the specific, often quite contradictory practices that reflect people's longing for a different Bosnian-Herzegovinian future.