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No one has the ability to choose where

they are born and the family they are

born into. It is pre-destined. Unlike most

people in United States, I was born in a

small peaceful country in Eastern Europe

named Bosnia and Herzegovina. Shortly

after I was born, Bosnia was pulled into a

religious civil war which lasted until 1995.

After 1995, an organization called Catholic

Charities started taking applications

from refugees to be rescued and sent to

another country such as the United States

or Australia. After my family applied, we

went through two years of interviews and

medical exams. Then we were cleared to

choose a country of residency, and we chose

the United States.

By Emina Toric

English W364 Student

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From War Child to Adult Dreamer