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"The images I saw when I first began to research my father's native Bosnia were so horrific, they chilled me to the bone." Marina, "Atrocities: Secrets of the Past"
"The images I saw when I first began to research my father's native Bosnia were so horrific, they chilled me to the bone." Marina, "Atrocities: Secrets of the Past"

I am currently writing my new children's book Atrocities: Secrets from the Past and am in need of funds to do the research necessary to complete my writing and to produce a book suitable for young adults to read. The book is about the Bosnian "genocide" that took place during the 1990s, a topic which has been virtually forgotten by the world at large, but certainly not by the people who endured it...and lost loved ones and family members, as an estimated 250,000 people lost their lives. All funds raised will aid in my research of this very important part of recent history, and will help young adults understand that these horrific events can and still take place in our world.

The story is about a thirteen-year-old girl who decides to do a school report on her father's native Bosnia. Marina's father has never told his daughter much about his life in Bosnia during the war and before emigrating to the United States, and she is naturally curious about her heritage.

Her research puts Marina in contact with a survivor of the Bosnian "death camps" and "ethnic cleansing" that take took place during the 1990s. Ayna's story of survival is riveting and drives Marina to learn more about the atrocities that took place in Bosnia during the genocide. As she delves deeper into the shameful and horrifying story of unimaginable cruelty and violence, she uncovers a secret so shocking, it will forever change everything she thought she knew about her life and her once-perfect family.

Marina must now decide what to do with the information she has discovered, a decision that will alter the course of her life and change history. Atrocities: Secrets of the Past is a moving and emotional story of the power of truth, the bonds of family and the supreme importance of justice...

Risks and challenges

All money raised will be used to research the topic of the book, to help with travel expenses to Bosnia and to locate survivors.

My challenge will be to locate survivors of the Bosnian genocide that will be willing to tell me of their experiences during the war years. In many cases, the memories of what happened to them will be beyond comprehension, and a majority of the people may not be able or willing to relive their horrifying experiences.

I am certain, however, there will be some survivors eager to tell their story, to ensure that people remember what took place in Bosnia and to prevent similar atrocities from taking place again, anywhere in the world.

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