News 23 Aug 12

Ex-YU Children Sing For Peace

A Yugoslav era anti-war song performed by youngsters from the former Yugoslav countries has become a surprise online hit in the region.

Marija Ristic
BIRN
Belgrade

The song “Just Let There be no War” [“Samo da rata ne bude”] was recorded during a public performance by participants of a youth peace camp on August 4 but it was only posted on Facebook on Wednesday.

It quickly became an online hit in the region, shared by Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats.

The peace camp called Vacation from War, organised by the German Committee for Human Rights and Democracy, has been running for the past 18 years and gathers the youngsters from Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia.

Over the years, about 18,000 kids from the region attended the summer camp.

During the 12-day programme along side doing sports and arts the youngsters learn about conflict resolution and non-violent communication from the guest speakers from all over the former Yugoslavia.

This year’s peace camp was held in the seaside town of Neum in Bosnia and Hercegovina and it culminated with a performance held at the town square.

The song  “Just Let There be no War” by the popular Serbian and ex Yugoslav singer Djordje Balasevic was first recorded in 1987. 

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