Bosnia has been known for it's religious divisiveness, the beautiful cities of Mostar and Sarajevo, and the sacred site of Međugorje. However, it is most recently known as a war-torn country with little left of its male population. The men who remained after the war have been debilitated by injury, and dampened by traumatic memories of violence. Yet, somehow, the families that have been stripped of their brothers and fathers carry on by the strength of their women.
|The Tadić women and their home in Bosnia.|
While away, Skype is her main mode of communication. Between the former Yugoslavian countries, phone services differ and are unreliable, thus giving Facebook and Skype the opportunity to do their best work: keeping the family connected. Though the Tadić family lives a far-from-extravagant lifestyle, they do have a computer for school assignments, Skyping and Facebook.
Without these new modes of communication, Violeta would be alienated from her family's day-to-day worries and concerns. While the country is still developing a stable economy and rebuilding its physical anatomy, it has stayed up-to-date in terms of technology. Those who have been displaced by the recent civil war are now able to reconnect, and those families who have survived utilize new media and modes of communication to stay connected. This new media has played and continues to play a vital role in revitalizing the country's confidence by cementing smaller communities through connection.