Goodbye Sarajevo

From Writers and Readers Festivals, 4:06 pm on 3 July 2011

Now living in Auckland, sisters Hana Schofield and Atka Reid were caught up in 1992 in the middle of the civil war which tore Yugoslavia apart. Then aged twelve, Hana boards one of the last UN evacuation buses to flee the besieged city of Sarajevo. Her 21-year-old sister Atka stays behind to look after their five younger siblings. Atka's daily life is punctuated by sniper and mortar attacks and desperate food shortages as she and the family struggle to survive. The authors of Goodbye Sarajevo talk with Lynn Freeman about the events which brought them and their family to New Zealand.