MY HISTORY

I was born in Germany in 1999. My parents escaped from Bosnia & Hercegovina as refugees because of the Bosnian genocide and war. We came to America when I was 3 months old. 

The Bosnian genocide has affected my culture, my upbringing, my identity, my people, my life. It has caused a tug of war between who I am at my core and who I need to be to assimilate into my American life. I'm too American for the Bosnians but too Bosnian for the Americans. 

Genocide is not merely a means to kill people, but to make the ethnic group disappear forever. It allows for a language to be erased, for traditions and religions to fade, for autonomy to be stripped, and for the changing of historical narratives. 

I aim to educate deeply on the rippling effects of genocide. Not just the deaths or torture that occurred, but the forever evolving changes to my people.  

 

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ABOUT ME

Welcome to my mind. This is my naked truth. Through these posts, I am sorting through the chatter in my skull and maturing my understanding of the world.

There's no genres here- give me the weird, the horrifying, the fantastical, the tears, & a heartbreak. I review books & write things that you might enjoy. I tell stories, spew word vomit, and keep it real.

I am not the same person I was yesterday, so buckle up for the evolution of my mind.

 

“Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes,” Walt Whitman.

To everyone who actually reads my things, I freaking love you. 

Love, AKO

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