Not my turn to die: memoirs of a broken childhood in Bosnia

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In 1996, just months after the end of the blood-soaked Bosnia and Herzegovina war, seventeen-yearold Savo Heleta came face-to-face "With the man who had tried to kill his grandfather and terrorized his family during the war. This man was no faceless enemy. His name was Meho,and he had been a friend of the Heleta family. Now, after the war, Savo still had nightmares about him. Savo and his family had endured unspeakable terror at the hands of the very people they once trusted, and all Savo wanted was revenge against those who had betrayed him. On the verge of manhood, Savo thought he had lost his innocence, his hope, and his ability to trust. What he didn't realize is that this meeting with Meho would lead him on an incredible and harrowing journey of self-discovery and forgiveness.Four years earlier, Savo was a young Serbian boy enjoying an idyllic, peaceful childhood in Gorazde, a primarily Muslim city in Bosnia. At the age of just thirteen, Savo saw his life turned upside down as war broke out. All Serbs who had stayed in the city were now under suspicion of being spies, including Savo and his family. Virtual prisoners in their own home, they lived without water or electricity, relying only on their father's battery-operated radio for news of the war that was erupting all around them. Through the next two years, they endured treatment that no human being should ever be subjected to, even from the people they considered their friends. Their lives were threatened, they were shot at, terrorized, put in a detention camp, starved, and eventually lost everything they owned. But after two long years, Savo and his family managed to escape. And then the real transformation took place.From his childhood before the war to his internment and eventual freedom, we follow Savo's emotional journey from that of a young teenager seeking retribution to a peace-seeking diplomat seeking healing and reconciliation. As the war unfolds, we meet the incredible people who helped shape Savo's life, from his brave younger sister Sanja to Meho, the family friend who would become the family's ultimate betrayer. Through it all, we begin to understand this young man's arduous struggle to forgive the very people he could no longer trust. Seen through the eyes of a child, this is a heartrending portrait of war at its most brutal and unforgiving.
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subject_facet Bosnia and Hercegovina -- History -- 1992-
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title_sub memoirs of a broken childhood in Bosnia