August 12, International Youth Day proclaimed by the United Nations in 2000, was designed to draw attention to the issues surrounding young people around the world. However, for the youth of Montenegro, August 12, 2022 will always be remembered as the deadliest mass shooting in the history of Montenegro. The shooting killed 12 people, including two children. Although mass shootings are a rare occurrence in the Adriatic nation, organized crime and corruption have remained two prominent issues plaguing the country and taking their toll on the youth of Montenegro and the Western Balkans.
On Friday August 12, Montenegro Police Director Zoran Brdjanin confirmed that at least 12 people had been killed, including two siblings, aged 8 and 11, attacking him, and six seriously injured in the attack. the former Montenegrin capital of Cetinje. According to public broadcaster RTCG, the anonymous shooter was involved in a family dispute and began shooting at the police patrol after police were called to the scene. Eventually, Andrijana Nastic, a public prosecutor, told Vijesti TV that the shooter was killed by a local citizen.
Following the investigation at the scene of the shooting, Prime Minister of Montenegro Dritan Abazovic declared a three-day period of mourning after the mass shooting starting Friday evening. “I call on all citizens of Montenegro to be with the families of the innocent victims, their relatives, friends and all citizens of the royal capital of Cetinje,” Abazovic said on Twitter.
President Milo Djukanovic also tweeted: “I was deeply disturbed by the reports about [a] terrible tragedy in Cetinje. I express my deepest condolences to the families affected and to all those who have lost loved ones.
The mass shooting is just the latest event in the Balkans, as young people have expressed concern over the current economic and political inequalities present in the Balkans. According to a “Shared Futures” report by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the satisfaction level of the new generation in the Balkans is relatively low throughout the region. Due to lack of trust in their government and security concerns, the problem of “brain drain” is a problem in the Balkan region, as the latest data from the Balkan Barometer indicates that 71% of young people in the Western Balkans would like to leave the country. and live abroad. Given these sentiments, it is high time for the Balkan government to listen and address the current issues facing its young population, as they hold the key to the future. By investing in and ensuring sufficient policy developments in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, which provides frameworks for engaging youth in peacekeeping and recognizes their positive contribution By maintaining and promoting peace and security, government can secure a more prosperous future for their citizens and, ultimately, their country.