“Human Faces of Conflicts” is an online video and blog platform with stories of people involved in conflicts in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and the Balkans. The project’s focus is on stories concerning individuals who have supported the “other side” of the conflict. It is therefore dedicated to the persons who have overcome the atmosphere of hostility within their divided society and decided to contribute in many ways to the improvement of a person’s situation. In addition to individual storytelling, the platform shares similar initiatives promoted by organisations based in the three areas and provides background information on conflicts and links to monitor their developments.

By connecting personal stories from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and the Balkans, the purpose is to support comprehensive learning with experiences from different conflicting areas. The objectives of the project are to raise awareness and encourage reflection, to contribute to dismantle the concepts of “enemies” and “others” as weel as to enhance the process of dialogue and trust-building among the parties involved. Ultimately, the aim is to commit people to promote peaceful actions and dialogue within divided societies.

The project was developed by nine European young professionals during the workshop “Wars after 1989 – is there a chance for reconciliation?” at the Forum for Young Professionals “Europe Lab” 2016 in Croatia. “Human Faces of Conflicts” is one of the four winners of the grant competition “Forum for Young Professionals Europe Lab 2016”.

PROJECT TEAM

“Human Faces of Conflicts” has an international project team of nine volunteers coming from Armenia, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Russia, Ukraine and the UK. They are young professionals working as analysts, researchers, consultants and artists in universities, think-tanks, non-governmental organisations and governmental institutions. The implementation of the project is daily managed by a Core Team composed of the two project coordinators, Serena Bonato (Italy) and Michael Lambert (France), together with Tatevik Bijoyan (Armenia) and Irina Knyazeva (Russia). A Supporting Team is assisting the Core Team on specific tasks and is composed of Zurab Aznaurashvili (Georgia), Oleksandra Garshyna (Ukraine), Clare Liu (UK), Sarah Pagung (Germany), Lubov Vnukova (Russia).