The broadest goal that we will pursue with the project “Unheard Crying of Lost/Stolen Children” is:
- to contribute to the understanding of the citizens of the European Union, its history and diversity, in which we will raise awareness of the European Union’s remembrance, common history, values and goals by promoting peace and well-being in the Union. We will achieve that by stimulating debate, reflection and development of networks.
As a part of this goal, we will honor the memory of one of the most important turning points in recent European history, i.e. the twentieth anniversary of the Proclamation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (2000).
The main purpose of the project is to raise awareness among the general public about the vulnerability and helplessness of lost/stolen children and, in this context, to reflect on violations of human (especially children’s) rights regardless of country, regime or time. This purpose will be achieved through various project activities that will be carried out in 2020 and 2021 in three countries, i.e. Slovenia, Serbia and Germany. These are:
- two events in Slovenia, which will shed light on the stories of stolen children of concentration camp prisoners in WWII and today’s minor migrants;
- Two events in Germany (Freiburg) to shed light on the stories of children stolen in WWII and their Germanisation in German society;
- Two events in Serbia that will shed light on the stories of parents who suspect that criminal organizations in the previous system stole their new-borns from maternity hospitals;
- A closing conference, where we will bring together all of the events and their content. Thus, we will present the parallels between the past, present and future of stolen and lost children.
Through the project, we will inform the public, make it aware of the historical facts about lost/stolen children, and draw the parallel between this facts and stories that are happening to migrant minors today across the Europe.
The expected results of the project are:
- an work of art created in a public place in each country, which will serve as a reminder of the atrocities related to children’s rights in the past and a reminder of the present time;
- Greater awareness and sensitivity to the issues of lost/stolen children, regardless of their nationality, regime and time;
- Raising awareness and respect for human rights as described in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights;
- Increased awareness of young people who will learn through storytelling of those who have been victims of the discussed issue;
- Destigmatization and a decrease in stereotyping of migrants, especially migrant minors;
- Raising awareness and tolerance for minorities (asylum seekers, migrants, homeless, etc.);
- Raising awareness of the importance of EU values in the broadest sense.
LP – Zavod Samostojen si (Cerknica, Slovenia)
P1 – Association Geraubte Kinder-vergessene Opfer (Freiburg, Germany)
P2 – Association Nestale bebe Beograda (Belgrade, Serbia)
Duration of the operation: 01/09/2020-31/11/2022
Total value of the operation: € 98.530
The project is fully funded by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).