The Bosnian War and Zlata

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The Bosnian War and Zlata

The What and Why...Bosnia wanted to be a free country when the area around it, Yugoslavia, broke up. Bosnia was a very diverse place, with no majority race or religion. The land was populated by Serbs, Croats, Muslims, and Jews; all of these groups began to fight for control. The Serbs began to gain power, committing terrible war crimes along the way, including mass rape. They attempted ethnic cleansing and sent Muslims to concentration camps. They bombed and decimated major cities such as Sarajevo and Mostar. By the time the United Nations interevened and ended the conflict with a treaty, almost 100,000 people had been killed and two million had lost their homes.

How this matters...What happened in Bosnia is so similar to other problems across the world - people want to attack others that are different than they are. In this case, the Serbs raped, attacked, and killed thousands of people they considered too unlike themselves. The sad truth is that they all lived in and loved the same land and had for centuries. If they could have seen each other as brothers, they could have worked together to build a stronger, free nation instead of tearing it apart.

Sources:Through My Eyes.orgZlata's DiaryWikipedia.org

The Who: ZlataDuring the war in Bosnia, Zlata kept a diary of the horrors she experienced. She is often compared to Anne Frank and the diary from the Holocaust. Fortunately, Zlata and her family survived. She continues to write and work around the world for peace, equality, and understanding.

Video of Zlata

"I keep thinking about the march I joined today. It's bigger and stronger than war. That's why it will win. The people must be the ones to win, not the war, because war has nothing to do with humanity. War is something inhuman."

The When and Where...Bosnia is a country in Southeastern Europe; its capital is Sarajevo. The war in Bosnia took place from 1992 to 1995.

"War has crossed out the day and replaced it with horror, and now horrors are unfolding instead of days. It looks to me as though these politics mean Serbs, Croats and Muslims. But they are all people. They are all the same. They look like people, there's no difference. They all have arms, legs and heads, they walk and talk, but now there's something that wants to make them different."

The Bosnia War


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