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   Saturday, February 5, 1994: the bloodiest massacre in the war in Bosnia takes place. Sixty two dead and over a hundred wounded. This so far is the worst incident yet. As I look back at that weekend it reminds me of a friend in Croatia who I have not heard from in over two years. She is 16. Her last letter was dated October 25, 1991.



Dear Chris,

I was very glad when I read your letter, but at this moment nothing can make me happy as peace in my country, which is not unfortunately still approached. I'll try to explain simply our political situation in Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia was a socialistic country till now and the main word had the communist. From now (exactly a year and a half ago) their government is on the way to disappear but they want to keep on with it, because they had a fine life. The communism is just the parvenu. The real truth is that the Serbian government wants to expand their frontiers to other republics, especially on our state, Croatia, whose people want freedom and sovereignty. Last few months Serbian terrorist groups and federal army make terror on children, women, old people, kill the innocent people and civilians with knives (massacres), destroy old churches, houses, cathedrals, monuments which are famous and relevant for whole world and what is protected by international conventions by UN, UNICEF, etc. They destroyed lots of houses, and lots of people haven't got any place to live. It's terrible. We are not asking too much; we just want peace and freedom, and we want to live like every child in this world. In this situation we can't live our normal lives. We deserve a normal life. My friends, cousin and many other people went to the war, and we want them back. My cousin will probable die because he step on a bomb. Every day we go to shelter, and do you know how it feels when you are there and when planes flying over your city, and when you don't know where and when will they drop the bomb? As I said, young people go to war who are just 18, 17 even 16-years-old and they die every minute. I lost the friend of one of my friends in this dirty war and many children died because the bomb was fall on their house



Sadly, I have not heard from her since. To all who read this, I ask you to feel what is going on in the former Yugoslavia and call your congressman and tell him/her you demand action. For every day that another child dies, a country's back is broken.


This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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