We never imagined that our trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina would be so pivotal. We wrote several posts about our journey, and to our surprise and delight, on Monday we were Freshly Pressed for our post Indomitable: The Kids of Sarajevo.
Krista, the editor at WordPress said,
“What a beautiful testament to the human spirit!
I’m thrilled to share it with our wider audience.”
It was a serendipitous journey – a last-minute addition to our ever-growing list of destinations on our Round-the-World trip. After viewing the bullet-riddled buildings in Mostar we came to Sarajevo – proud home of the 1984 Winter Olympics; then less than a decade later, the sad site of the longest siege in the history of modern warfare.
Our research lead us to the poignant wartime photography of Christian Maréchal, and the “Childhood in War” project by Jasminko Halilovic. The U.N. Children’s Fund declared that the Bosnian War had “created a community of suicidal children who are convinced they have no future.”
The entire experience opened our eyes to the appalling plight of noncombatants living in a war zone – much like many areas of the world now. Today, what we see in the eyes of Sarajevo’s young adults is cautious hope.
Thank you Krista and WordPress for this honor – twice now! We are proud to be part of a platform that helps bloggers like us get the message out. And thank you Christian for your powerful photographs that brought our words to life. But most of all, a big THANK YOU to all of you who read and comment – you bring us joy and you’re the reason we write.
Peace and Tolerance,
Terri & James
P.S. Thanks WordPress! We were just notified that this post was Freshly Pressed. We’re honored.