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“Our first stop was in a town northwest of Banja Luka call Prijedor. We visited a youth service organization called Lighthouse and were left speechless by a 5 minute animated film produced by several 16 and 17 year-olds in the organization. It’s the first animated film ever made in Republika Srpska (a region in Bosnia-Herzegovina) and shows the war from the eyes of the children who lived through it. The producers were about 9 or 10 years old in the war years and were able to transform their memories into animation. The emotional climax of the film was a lighthouse starting to break up the darkness of war. The film ends with a number of lighthouses springing up all over the world; transforming sadness into joy, darkness to light, and the nightmare grays of the film to hopeful, vibrant color. Following the viewing of the film, the youths presented IOCC with an icon of the Theotokos (“made without hands”) and said they were praying that she would comfort those who are suffering in America from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina.”

From an IOCC staff member’s journal during his recent trip to Bosnia-Herzegovina. (Lighthouse is an IOCC sponsored program in Bosnia-Herzegovina that offers children extra-curricular and recreational activities that encourage healthy behavior and positive attitudes towards themselves and others in the community.)

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