chapter  Chapter Nine
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Genocide can be mourned: the wager of psychoanalysis in Bosnia and Herzegovina

WithDamir Arsenijević, Emin Eminagić

The year 2015 marked the twentieth anniversary of the Dayton Peace Agreement in Bosnia and Herzegovina. To end the war, the Agreement put in place a tripartite constitution, which exclusively defined the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina through their ethnicity, that is, Bosniak, Croat, Serb. Bosnian society is locating, exhuming, identifying, and re-burying its dead. After the war, there are still around 8,000 missing people in Bosnia and Herzegovina buried in hidden mass graves. In the public domain, those who survived can only mourn their loved ones as ethnic dead victims, themselves being politically reduced solely to members of an ethnic group. So, the surviving ethnic victims mourn the dead ethnic victims, while the elites who fought the wars and got rich in the chase for the capital through genocide, remain in power.