Posted by: Tanmoy Chakrabarti | August 8, 2012

Mirsada Buric

Mirsada Buric’s Olympic story is very inspiring. Buric competed for Bosnia in the 5,000 meters at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. At the height of Bosnian massacre, Buric trained daily in the war ravaged Sarajevo, dodging sniper fire and mortar shells. The war killed her brother and friends. She herself was imprisoned in a concentration camp. However, the war did not dampen her spirits.

Although she ran last in her event in Barcelona but after immigrating to the US in 1993, she won five national distance running titles. She learnt English and now is a journalist.

You can read more about Buric here in the press release from her university.

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/news/08/05/mirsadaburic.html

Bosnian war is known to be one of the most dreadful acts of ethnic cleansing in modern history. I have a friend who has grown up in war ravaged Bosnia before his family migrated to Germany. I have heard stories of horror from him and about life in concentration camps, seeing your friends and family getting killed, losing sight of your parents for months as a 7 year old child.

Though he and his family have also fought back like I am sure many other families did, the demons and fear in the mind continue to exist even today. There are so many people who have now returned to Sarajevo to serve their country. In doing that, many of them have actually left an apparently nice life behind in their adopted country. It is not easy.

Mirsada says, that the urge to tell the world what was going on in her homeland was behind much of her drive to get to Barcelona

There is lot to learn from people like Mirsada especially when apparently small issues tend to bother us.

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