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Zlata Filipovic

  • Boredom!!! Shooting!!! Shelling!!! People being killed!!! Despair!!! Hunger!!! Misery!!! Fear!!! That's my life! The life of an innocent eleven-year-old schoolgirl!! A schoolgirl without a school, without the fun and excitement of school. A child without games, without friends, without the sun, without birds, without nature, without fruit, without chocolate or sweets, with just a little powdered milk. In short, a child without a childhood.

  • War has crossed out the day and replaced it with horror, and now horrors are unfolding instead of days.

Zlata Filipovic, Bosnian child-diarist

(1980)