Friday, October 21, 2011

War-Torn Bosnia Presented to Students

Lejla Subasic, a 21 year-old student at Pine Ridge Job Corps, shared her experiences growing up in a war-torn country. Lejla is originally from Bosnia and grew up during the ethnic cleansing that devastated the area in the early 1990's. She shared her harrowing story of survival with social study students in Mr. Nobiling and Mr. McCarty's classes discussing the tragedies she witnessed and her experiences as a refugee.  Stories included the murder of several aunts, uncles, and cousins, separation from her father as he was held in a prisoner camp and the fleeing on foot in her mothers arms through the mountains of Bosnia on their way to a refugee camp. Lejla and her mother later were miraculously reunited with her father and all were fortunate to survive the war and make their way to the United States where they are now proud citizens.  About 50 CHS students had the opportunity to learn of Lejla's experiences and follow along with handouts of maps and pictures of Bosnia and the affects of the war.