My Life at Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong 2011-2013

UWC Spreading The Love

This picture has gone viral a while ago, but it is never too late to re-surface things or share with you, my readers. It is a picture of a student couple; a Serb and a Croatian girl, who both study at the United World College in Mostar. Taken by my German co-year André Daab, the photo has even made it to the Huffingtonpost as “The Bravest Thing Ever”! This is the story behind, as told by André:
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“The United World College in Mostar is home to more than 40 different nationalities. Located in a city still deeply divided by the war in people’s mind, it often is a symbol for a new generation of all Balkan ethnicities. This year UWCiM was holding a Cultural Parade to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UWC movement. We all proudly carried our flags through the streets on the Bosnian and the Croatian side of the city. My Serbian friend was walking hand in hand with his Croatian girlfriend. When an old lady asked her how she could dare to walk next to a Serb, she kissed him. This is when I took the picture. It’s nothing special just a couple expressing their love but for us, here in Mostar, it shows that the new generations are not willing to continue a war of minds.”

The picture was celebrated by the world-wide UWC community and liked over 950 times on Facebook. The article by the Huffingtonpost was liked by over 8000 people. The overall resonance to the photo was incredibly positive and while, of course, there were many disputes and discussions about the meaning and background of the photo, many also expressed their greetings and admiration to the couple: “I think this picture is beautiful because it shows that, even though UWC sounds so idealistic some times (when we stop to realize all the problems we have in the community and etc), UWC is incredibly beautiful and can, yes, mean hope for the next generations. Thanks for sharing your love with us, Urus and Antonija :)  it means a lot” – Sophia Pontes Moreira

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