Bosnian community

Bosnian Immigrants
2:23 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Protests Over Murder Of Bosnian Highlight Deep Frustration; Community Feels Ignored

Akif Cogo
Credit Rebecca Smith | St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis region’s Bosnian community long has been touted as the largest in the world outside of Bosnia itself.

But, as some local activists add ruefully, their numbers have yet to translate into political clout.

“We definitely have that sense of being ignored,’’ said Akif Cogo, founder of St. Louis Bosnians Inc., a nonprofit organization advocating for the tens of thousands of Bosnian-Americans who now call St. Louis home.

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Soccer
10:22 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

In Wake Of Flooding, Bosnians Have Another Chance To Cheer National Team

Bosnians from across the nation gathered in St. Louis to watch their national soccer team play a friend match with Argentina at Busch Stadium on Nov. 18, 2013.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

  Updated Sat., May 31

Bosnia won the match against Ivory Coast 2-1.

Our previous story:

The Bosnian National Soccer Team squares off in a friendly match against Ivory Coast this evening at the Edward Jones Dome. It’s a safe bet it will feel a bit like a home game for Bosnian players.

Over the decades, the ties between St. Louis and Bosnia have grown deeper and deeper. As refugees from the Bosnian war found new homes in St. Louis, the region became home to what is estimated to be the largest Bosnian population outside of eastern Europe.     

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Cityscape
5:17 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Art Exhibit Celebrating Creativity And Strength Of Bosnian Artists On Display At Fontbonne

Endi Poskov

“Bosnian Born,” a multimedia art exhibit showcasing the work of artists born in Bosnia-Herzegovina, opened May 29 in the Fine Arts Gallery of Fontbonne University. It will be on display in St. Louis through June 27. St. Louis is home to more Bosnians than anywhere in the world outside of the country itself.

Curator Sejla Holland created the exhibit two years ago to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Bosnian War.

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Religion
10:36 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Fully Half Of The Area's Muslims Are Bosnians

In South St. Louis
Credit File photo | Robert Joiner | St. Louis Beacon

Mehnaz Afridi was astonished to learn that half of this area’s Muslims are Bosnians. The Muslim scholar will be in the area March 31 to give the Lee Institute lecture on the issues faced by Muslim women. For many in St. Louis, one of the main issues is correcting misperceptions.

The great majority of Bosnians resettled here between 20 and 11 years ago to escape the former Yugoslavia’s devastating war of religious persecution in 1992-95. Members of the new generation, born in St. Louis, are now graduating from high school.

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Music
8:40 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

St. Louis Symphony Presents 'Bosnian Journeys: Generations'

Maureen Byrne
Credit SLSO

After the devastating war that ravaged Bosnia and Herzegovina from early 1992 through 1995, refugees began arriving in the St. Louis area. And now the Bosnian population here has grown to more than 60,000, making it the largest Bosnian community outside of that country.

This Wednesday evening, the St. Louis Symphony will present a free concert in its “On Stage at Powell” Chamber Concert Series called “Bosnian Journeys: Generations.”

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St. Louis on the Air
4:27 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

In Writing His Memoir, Bosnian War Survivor Found Perspective

A house destroyed by Serbian militants outside Kenan Trebinčević's hometown of Brcko in 1996.
U.S. Department of Defense via Wikimedia Commons

Kenan Trebinčević was 11 years old when the Bosnian War arrived in his hometown of Brcko on May 1, 1992. He remembers going to buy bread at the store and being told by a neighbor not to come back because “pretty soon you Turks won’t need to be eating anymore.”

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9:31 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Bosnian National Soccer Team Brings Community Together In St. Louis

Our Tim Lloyd reports for WBUR's "Only A Game."
Twenty years ago this fall, refugees from the Bosnian War began arriving in St. Louis. Last week Bosnians from across the U.S. flocked to Missouri to see their national team, a first-time World Cup qualifier, play a friendly match with Argentina. Tim Lloyd reports from St. Louis.
Immigration
3:24 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

New Initiative Aims To Spur St. Louis Economic Growth Through Immigration

Credit (via Flickr/NathanReed)

The St. Louis region needs more immigrants to help bolster the economy.

That was the message delivered by public officials and representatives from economic development agencies during the launch of St. Louis Mosaic Project on the same day comprehensive immigration reform cleared the U.S. Senate.   

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Crime
10:43 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Police Seek To Ease South City Safety Concerns

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson speaks at a Bosnian community meeting about crime prevention.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

Many Bosnian residents in south St. Louis City continue to feel unnerved by the murder of Haris Gogic, a 19-year-old convenience store worker who was killed three weeks ago.

Days later a 30-year old 7-Eleven worker, Mon Rai, was shot death.  

President of the Bosnian Chamber of Commerce, Sadik Kukic, said some members of the community have considering leaving south city in favor of the county or another city all together.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:20 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Twenty Years Of Bosnian Identity In St. Louis And In The Homeland

A Bosnian family in St. Louis holds a picture of their home in Bosnia, now destroyed. On the mantle is a photograph of a son who was killed in the genocide.
Ben Moore

About 60,000 Bosnians live in St. Louis.  That’s estimated to be more Bosnians per capita than anywhere else in the world outside of Bosnia.

Bosnians settled in St. Louis during the 1990s, after the break-up of the former Yugoslavia and ensuing war and genocide.  Bosnia, or Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country in southeastern Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of when Bosnians came to St. Louis and questions surrounding Bosnian cultural and national identities remain unresolved.

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