Case study

Changing Lives: From Bosnian war to honours graduate

22 Mar 2017

Amra Mujkanovic, a student whose parents came to the UK as refugees from the Bosnian conflict, graduated with an honours degree from Edinburgh Napier University in 2016.

Amra Mujkanovic’s parents Elvira and Jasmin fled to Britain in 1993 as war devastated their country in the Balkan peninsula. Amra was born in Edinburgh the following year and went to South Queensferry Primary School and Queensferry High School before studying at the university. However, her family’s ordeal remained very much in her thoughts as she pursued her BA (Hons) Festival & Event Management.

As part of Amra’s dissertation, she worked with charity Remembering Srebrenica and helped devise a schools resource to educate pupils about the Bosnian conflict.

She said: “My dissertation looked at the roles event organisers play in the creation of collective identities and narratives at commemorative events, and I created a case study on Remembering Srebrenica.”

Amra, whose mother, father, grandfather and uncles were all held captive at concentration camps during the war, said: “To many people such horrors don’t seem real but they were very real and we have to do all we can to make sure such horrors don’t happen again.”