When the Bosnian Genocide started in 1992, Amra was just a teen living in Bihać, Bosnia. She recalls her friend saying they couldn’t speak anymore but she never mentioned why, but Amra knew the reason, it was because she was Muslim. Other refugees from Bosnia started arriving in Bihać, desperate to flee the Serbian persecution. When Serbian tanks rolled into Bihać, Amra saw her peaceful life vanish as they lay siege to the city.
But even when things seemed hopeless, Amra found a light in the darkness when a stray cat followed her home. Her family didn’t have the money or supplies to support a pet, but after a series of near miracles when the cat seemed to save Amra’s family, how could they say no?
The Cat I Never Named, is Amra’s first-hand account of surviving ethnic cleansing and more than 1,100 days under the Serbs’ military siege. It is the story of a teen who, even in the brutality of war, never wavered in her determination to obtain an education, maintain friendships, and even find a first love – alongside meeting a cat which comforted her in the darkest of times.
The Cat I Never Named (Amazon)