Friday, April 20, 2007

war in your own backyard...

mate and future doctor Dunja posted a reply to the Iraq Blog post that i had to share...

... war is a pretty scary thing. When the war in croatia began, i just
couldnt believe that it was happening. My cousin & my family & all my
friends were living in their basements - while I was out in Shibuya having fun.
They had curfews and had to have their lights out at night with their blinds
drawn while I was out late night shopping.

Its the strangest feeling going back there and seeing bullet holees in my house, reminants of exploded granades. Driving through war-torn villages that were been abandoned made me feel so emotional - trees grow through houses that once were homes to families. When my cousin would go out with her friends for drinks they would have to watch out not to go to certain parts of the city coz of snipers that could see them & shoot at them.

There were sirens that would scream when the city was under attack - and
all they could do was run to the closest cover they could find. Some of her
friends didnt make it. My uncle was the front line reporter at the time and some
of the footage he has makes your heart stop. I will never understand how it was
or what it felt like, no matter how many stories I have the privalage of
listening to. Its a hard thing to get people to talk about. It makes me greatful
for having such a lucky life. I could have been there.

Dunja

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