My Childhood Under Fire
My Childhood Under Fire: A Sarajevo Diary
My Childhood Under Fire
Nadja Halilbegovich
"Bombs are exploding all over the city. I hide my feelings from everyone, but I am drowning in despair. When will this war end? For how long will my life consist of the dead space between two explosions?" -- June 6, 1995 On the first day of the siege of Sarajevo, 12-year-old Nadja Halilbegovich's life changed forever. In the face of constant tank and sniper fire, daily life in this beautiful, mountain-ringed city was suddenly full of fear. Without reliable electricity, water or medical supplies, the blockaded city ground to a halt. Nadja and her fellow citizens tried desperately to live normal lives while forced to scrounge for even the most basic necessities. My Childhood Under Fire is Nadja's diary of the years 1992?95. It is her personal account of becoming a teenager during wartime. It is also a monument to the thousands killed during the siege of Sarajevo and to the millions of children around the world who still live -- and die -- under fire.

Book Details


  • Educational
  • Historical Nonfiction
  • Nonfiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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My Childhood Under Fire is the actual diary of Nadja Halilbegovic. It chronicles her life from the age of 12 until the age of 16. The diary begins shortly before her thirteenth birthday - and shortly after the war in Sarajevo began.

As she and her family tried to live one day at a time, Nadja turned to her diary for comfort. Some days were better than others, and these she details happily. The sad days are here as well, as she dealt with the loss of loved ones and strangers alike.

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