Celebration of 31st Anniversary of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Independence

On March 3, 2023, BHeart Foundation and Institute for Development Impact (I4DI) hosted over 140 guests at the reception to mark the 31st anniversary of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s independence. This provided an opportunity for B-H diaspora to get together and to meet with the representatives of the US Administration, including the White House, State Department, Department of Commerce, Congress, USAID, and the DC Government. In addition, the distinguished guests from the Embassies of Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Sweden, respectively, were present, as well as the representatives of the World Bank Group and IMF.
The event coincided with DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proclamation designating March 1 as Bosnian-American Day, acknowledging the significant contributions of the Bosnian and Herzegovinian diaspora to the city and surrounding areas through their multiethnic values. Dr. Christine Warnke of the DC Mayor’s Office spoke about the significance of the diverse communities that make Washington, DC vibrant and inclusive. She acknowledged that the proclamation recognizes and celebrates the role of the Bosnian and Herzegovinian community in shaping the city’s cultural fabric.
The diaspora showed once again strong support for multiethnic Bosnia and Herzegovina, emphasizing the importance of promoting and preserving Bosnia’s cultural heritage and garnering its talents. On behalf of the organizers, Adnan Hadrovic, I4DI and Gorana Simunovic Neskovic, BHeart, welcomed the guests and spoke about the roles of I4DI and BHeart, respectively.
Former US Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Thomas J. Miller, emphasized the importance of investing in human capital to prevent further brain drain in the country.
Andrea Pozderac, a Graduate Student at Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, moderated the event. Mak Nurkic Kacapor recited the poem, “Text about Land” by Mak Dizdar. Djema Saracevic, Edmond Burke High School Student, and Sami Djutovic, McLean High School Senior, spoke about the benefits of BHeart’s travel study program and shared their impressions of Bosnia’s social, political, and cultural life.
Dr. Asim Haracic, Mr. Amir Cizmic, and friends showcased various traditional and popular songs from the region.

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