@frontierindica I'm not sure who gathers the data per ethnic group and how but overall the TFR is terrible for everyone. We're the worst-performing former Yugoslav republic. From what I've seen, Croats and Bosniaks watch births in major homogenous cities and extrapolate information.
@frontierindica Muslim religiosity is fairly strong but I've been seeing brazen displays of hardcore Islam. Wahhabis are a more common sight even in my major secular city. Every New Year's Eve the city is plastered with posters and signs telling us that Muslims aren't supposed to celebrate it.
@frontierindica Two friends have gone full ''bushy beard''. When you see it, you know. One of them was an atheist ffs, I don't know what happened.
@frontierindica The Islamic Community has had troubles with something called ''paradžemati'' which are basically schismatic religious factions. They've reintegrated some of them but there are still about two dozens of them. My city has one. It feels like Mecca if you stick around long enough.
@frontierindica Sarajevo has been a top destination for Arabs, including the ninjas (wrapped up women). They have some mega mosques financed by Arab money, mostly from Saudi Arabia. There was an episode of one woman who escaped her presumably abusive family.
@frontierindica I've seen some of these mega mosques and I'm privy to a case of underage marriage. The groom(er) was from Vogošća, which is near Sarajevo. A friend experienced a group of radmuzzies who asked him why he's playing basketball.
@frontierindica Secular people notice these things but it's not PC to talk about it. My own city has a cultural centre that leases out its hall to this group called ''Oaza'' (Oasis). They host these speeches by kooky preachers and I've attended twice for the lulz. Existential horror.
@frontierindica We also have what's basically a Wahhabi Orania. A friend once taught English to kids there and had to put on a scarf before leaving the bus. The place is called Gornja Maoča.
@frontierindica One friend attended private German lessons in high school. The private school was run by the wife of this ISIS recruiter. He casually mentioned to the hijabi teacher that he'd just turned 18 and she was flustered. She told him that she's not supposed to teach someone of his age.
@frontierindica One of the picturesque figures from Gornja Maoča is this Salafi guy called Bilal Bosnić. He'd frequently come to my city's downtown area to recruit people. He's a convict now.
@frontierindica The wildest years of Syria's civil war were weird here too. We had a radmuzzie brandishing a gun near the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo. A clandestine operation to arrest ISIS recruiters (Operation Damascus). I know of a court case for unpaid water bills where the lawsuit delivery
@frontierindica letter returned with the note ''poginuo u Siriji'' (perished in Syria). There were also these two Bosniaks chicks from Austria who departed to Syria to be ISIS brides and who knows what happened to them, there were a lot of conflicting stories.

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