The War Childhood Museum, based in Sarajevo, opened its ‘Listen’ exhibition which has the goal to "underline the necessity of having the voices of children affected by war heard" at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
The goal of the exhibition is to “underline the necessity of having the voices of children affected by war heard,” and it was opened on Monday by the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Tiny Kox, and CoE Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatovic.
The exhibition focuses on a collection from Ukraine where the War Childhood Museum has one of its branches, but it also tells several stories from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo, as well as stories of children fleeing Afghanistan and Syria to Europe.
Kox announced that PACE will be working on developing guidelines for member states in order to adopt policies on the protection of children in war-torn crises.
Mijatovic said the exhibition should serve as a reminder that the words “never again” have been said too many times in Europe.
“Despite that, for more than three months now, the war has been destroying the lives of millions of Ukrainian children. Each new day of the war increases the long-term devastating consequences for children in Ukraine and throughout Europe. We have a shared responsibility to hear the voices of children and to stop their suffering,” said Mijatovic.
The President and Founder of the War Childhood Museum, Jasminko Halilovic, said that an entire generation of Bosnians “whose childhood was not too important to Europe,” today expects more European support for Ukraine.
“We expect greater unity of the European community, we expect it to show that its actions reflect the values it stands for. We are witnessing that Europe is acting more decisively in the case of Ukraine than in the case of BiH, but that is still not enough. As we open this exhibition, children in Ukraine are still suffering. I hope that everyone who sees this exhibition will be more motivated to loudly demand concrete help with which Ukraine can ensure the safety of its children,” he said.