Title

FBU-2017-09-14

Interviewer

Ben Moore

Date of Interview

Summer 9-14-2017

Interview Location

St. Louis, MO

Length of Interview

111:25

Date of Birth

1989

Gender

Female

Religion and/or Ethnicity

Muslim

Description

Born in Prijedor 1989 to Muslim parents. Her mother took her and fled Bosnia in Spring 1992 right before her 3rd birthday. She remembers spending her third birthday in Berlin refugee camp. The family remained in berlin until 28FEB1998. Her parents had returned to Bosnia iin 1997 but decided that it was not safe to return and decided to seek asylum in America. They came to St. Louis. She finished 3rd grade and had learned English by the time she started the fourth. She was made fun of by American peers for wearing clothes multiple days in a row. Her parents insisted on speaking Bosnian in the home. She has suffered what she calls a “crisis of identity”. She just tried to fit in with Americans at school, tried to be Bosnian, and when she goes to Bosnia she is considered American. She began writing poetry in college and continues to write poetry about the Bosnian experience in graduate school.

Keywords

Refugee, Generational Trauma, Indentity Crisis, Student, Poetry, Creative Writing, Musician, Refugee Camp

Pre-War Residence

Prijedor

Wartime Residence

Berlin

First Country of Residence

Germany

First US Residence

St. Louis

Document Type

Oral History

Collection

Fontbonne University

Digital Format

MP3,MP4

Digital Publisher

Center for Bosnian Studies

City

Saint Louis

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