Goodbye Sarajevo

Still early, Amina left the guest house.

She checked the address on her smartphone and quickly found the loathsome address, where she once had lived.

The cobblestones where cold to her touch but she imagined them warm as they once had been when her mother had cried:

“Run Amina, run… ”

The men had been drunk but with their spiteful eyes set on her beautiful mother.
It taken them seven hours of beatings and rapes before she had died.

“Majka… “, Amina mumbled walking back to her own little daughter still sleeping back at their room,

She was ready to go home.

I finally found the time to write a story. Something in the image reminded of Bosnia and the atrocities committed there during the Bosnian war.

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March 9, 2019

33 responses to “Goodbye Sarajevo

  1. It was sobering to see the condition of buildings in 2016 in Bosnia and Serbia. Bullet riddles exteriors and holes from bomb blasts. The field in the countryside marked with a skull and crossbones due to the number of land mines.

  2. A troubling homecoming story. “Loathesome address” is wonderful. And the parallelism of her, having a daughter herself, makes me think, that such atrocities are likely happen again.

  3. I want you to write a few more poems about this. I want to know whose guest house she’s in and why. I want to know more about her daughter. I want a poem about life before the murder, from all points of view. I think there’s a lot you could flesh out here, if you were inclined.

  4. Wow, you pull no punches with this story, Bjorn. A grim depiction of the horrors of life in the Balkan conflict. Amina’s daughter is at least a glimmer of hope for her future.

  5. It never ends, does it, just the names change. Horrible and moving story. Giving the victims faces and names is essential.

  6. The Bosnian war and its atrocities were overlooked for a long time. Much appreciated that you reflected it in your story. Powerfully told. I suppose she will return to Bosnia and find some closure.

  7. You’ve made the horror and the ugliness very clear in just a few words. Horrible story that keeps repeating itself all down through history.

  8. It’s stories like these that bring the realities of these brutal wars to our awareness. It is brutal, but so is life. I spent some time in Sarajevo and although now years on, the stories from the war are ingrained in that beautiful city and in the hearts of its beautiful residents. I found your story very touching, that as a mother, this brave women connects again with her own mother and the sacrifices she made. Realising the strength of a mother’s love as a mother herself, perhaps makes her realise she has the strength to go back… her connection to her child pulling her heartstrings to the connection of her own mother. I loved this.

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