Counter-memorialization is a practice based on „merging of grief for particular and general losses with a radical critique of the EUropean border regime“ (Stierl 2016: 184).

Commemoration of the first obituary of death of Madina Hussiny, Zagreb 21 November 2018
Commemoration of the first obituary of death of Madina Hussiny, Zagreb 21 November 2018

On the first obituary of a tragic death of Madina Hussiny, a young girl from Afghanistan who died in the course of pushback from Croatia to Serbia, Initiative for the Madina Hussiny Square placed the signage made of thermo-foil and cardboard with Madina’s name in white crepe band on the site of the  Republic of Croatia Square in the Croatian capital, Zagreb. This intervention, described by the Initiative as “political, but also profoundly human gesture”, did not  “call for another reinterpretation of an event or a person from the past”. Instead,  Initiative demanded “immediate responsibility for actions committed, for the irretrievably lost life. No-one and no nation-state, government, military power, economy, or political regime have the right to determine whose life is worth living and which is not.”

Literature:

Stierl, Maurice. 2016. „Contestations in Death. The role of Grief in Migration Struggles“. Citizenship Studies 20/2: 173-191.