Young People from Bosnia Talk about War

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VOYA - Colleen Harris
The war in Bosnia has split apart families, driven them from their homes, and set neighbor against neighbor. To bring relief to college-age students of all ethnic backgrounds in the former Yugoslavia, the Bosnian Student Project has brought students to the United States since 1993 to study, and to wait for conditions to improve in their native land so they may return. Many interviews with these college students provide not only firsthand accounts of the betrayal they felt when the war broke out, but also tell of pride in their native land and desire to return home as soon as possible. As with every Enslow publication, the writing is unbiased, clear and gives an overview of the causes of the war and its historical background in a well-edited introductory chapter. I would not only recommend this to young adults, but also to adults who would like a brief explanation of the Bosnian Civil War and an understanding of the people as they struggle to go about their daily lives. The photos are black-and-white snapshots of the students and their homes and schools. A map and summary boxes are included for easy understanding of the geography and the issues. Index. Photos. Maps. Source Notes. VOYA Codes: 4Q 2P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
Gr 7 UpSince 1993, the authors have been associated with the Bosnian Student Project, which brings young people to study in the U.S. Their introduction gives an overview of the project. They then give a historical perspective of the Balkan region and briefly explain the recent conflicts among the Serbs, Croats, and Muslims. There is a four-point boxed recap of this section, and a map showing the former Yugoslavia and its divisions. All are very helpful for readers with little knowledge of the area, its history, and its turbulence. What follows are chapters about young people from Bosnia based on the Firesides' interviews with them. The moving accounts are warm and engaging. The students' viewpoints differ according to their personal experiences. They seem confused and saddened by the sudden, traumatic changes the conflict has caused in their lives, rather than angry or bitter. Hope for a peaceful resolution and for healing pervade the book. However, the cover photo of a building tower with a gaping hole in its side is identified only by photographer. There is no explanation of what or where it is/was. Black-and-white captioned photos appear throughout the book, personalizing the stories. The Firesides have successfully conveyed a sense of tragedy and of hope for the future.Marilyn Fairbanks, East Junior High, Brockton, MA
Kirkus Reviews
This entry in the Issues in Focus series falls somewhat short and is sure to disappoint readers looking for real information on a notably complex subject.

After the first chapter, "Roots of War"—difficult even for knowledgeable readers—the book becomes more personal and thus easier to understand. Young Bosnian Muslims tell their stories of living through agonizing conflicts that left them mostly homeless and helpless in a world they never made; eventually they were rescued and brought to the US to study. In spite of bombs and mortar and bullets, torture and starvation, and loss of family and friends, all the participants in the book would like to return to their homes. That kind of telling detail may inspire some readers to seek out more information on their own.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780894907302
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Series: Issues in Focus Series
  • Pages: 104
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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