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European Journal

Bosnia-Herzegovina: The Nun of Sarajevo

With support from the German Catholic Renovabis Initiative, Sister Magdalena Schildknecht of Switzerland is fighting drug abuse in Sarajevo.

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Twenty years after the Bosnian War of Independence began and seventeen years after it ended, Bosnia-Herzegovina is still among Europe's poorest nations. It has since become a transit country for running illegal drugs into western Europe. For twelve years, the Fransiscan Sister Magdalena Schildknecht has been doing what she can to change that. In her initiative for drug abuse prevention, she's encouraging Catholic ethnic Croats, Muslim Bosniaks and Orthodox Serbs to learn to live together again - in the Jerusalem of Europe.