Books: Myself, Us and the Others, about women war refugees

From Bosnia, Istria to Italy, tales of women, force for change

(ANSAmed) - ROME, OCTOBER 1 - Enisa Bukvic survived the war in the Balkans, forged a new life for herself in Italy, and tells the tale of this transition in her third book Myself, Us and the Others (Io, noi e le altre, Infinito Editori, 144 pages, 12 euros), launched in the capital on Monday. Born in Bijelo Polje, in Montegro, the author immigrated to Italy 25 years ago. She spent the greater part of this time working in Italian and international immigration NGOs. In this book she narrates the intimate, personal stories of over 30 women who fled war-torn Bosnia Herzegovina in the 1990s, integrated themselves into Italian society, and turned the pain of loss and exile into the energy to generate change by helping others. Among the protagonists are also several Calabrian women, whom the author met and befriended at work, and with whom she shares a belief that gender relationships must change in order to transform society. ''The women of Calabria have the strength to make that happen,'' Bukvic told ANSAmed at today's book launch. The story that moved her the most, she said, was that of Romana, who was born in the formerly Italian town of Dignano d'Istria, and which today is called Vodnjan. ''Through her story I understood what the Italians of Istria suffered at the end of the war,'' Bukvic said. ''A third of Bosnian survivors live abroad,'' the author went on. ''But women and youth are those who can change the fate of Bosnia today, by going back. The future of Bosnia depends on us women. Immigrant women have an extra gear. They've suffered a lot, and are in themselves a force for change.'' (ANSAmed).

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