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Member, The Working Group for Bosnia and  Herzegovina


Member, Expert International Team Council for the Research of Genocide Canada (IGC) 

A former social worker and middle school teacher, I have always been an advocate for social justice. I happened upon the the topic of the war in Bosnia while interviewing two women for my first book who were children in 1992, and who, along with their families, suffered the trauma that befell all who were targeted by the nationalist Serb genocidal campaign, with rhetoric that continues even in today's Bosnia. I have immersed myself in writing about and advocating for truth and reconciliation for both survivors and those who were lost in the war, ever since.

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AND STILL WE RISE is now available  from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, or you can order from your favorite indie bookstore like Books Inc. or just ask your local bookstore



 BOOKS INC. in Palo Alto

Excellent book reviews including one from local NPR affiliate in West Lafayette, IN. Go to REVIEWS AND MEDIA page on my website


"...it deserves to be remembered as one of the best truth-based fiction works about the concentration camps in Prijedor ever written."
                    Satko Mujagic, survivor of Omarska and Manjaca Concentration        Camps; Human Rights Activist

"...harnesses the unique power of literary expression to convey the truth about the human suffering that resulted from the genocidal aggression against Bosnian Muslims. Research-based and historically accurate. Sher’s epic narrative will leave the reader deeply affected.” 
                   David Pettigrew, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy and Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Southern Connecticut State University; Member, Steering Committee, Yale University Genocide Studies Program

I am available to present to groups both in-person and virtually. Please email me to discuss your request at jordanstevensher1@gmail.com



Inspired by a strong sense of justice, my writing has focused on why immigrants come here. War, crime, poverty, oppression, famine, and seeking educational and economic opportunities are some of what motivates leaving one's homeland. 


Synopsis of And Still We Rise

Based on real-life events, in spring, 1992 in Prijedor, Bosnia, the Kovacevic’s, a Muslim family, is confronted with the harsh reality that they are the targets of a brutal campaign to rid the country of non-Serbs. Neighbors turn on neighbors as the nationalist Serb propaganda leads to the so-called “ethnic cleansing” of communities that destroys families and their homes.


Elvir, and his fifteen-year-old son Amir, are sent to the Omarska concentration camp where torture and death haunt them daily. With a world that turns a blind eye, both suffer physically, psychologically, and spiritually. Yet they must rely upon each other if they are to survive. Hajra, Elvir’s wife, along with their two younger children, Halima and Danis, are imprisoned in another camp called Trnopolje. They, too, must survive the atrocities that visit them including rape and witnessing beatings and murder. Hajra and the children encounter Elvir’s brother, Tarik, who has been transferred to Trnopolje from another camp, only to see him disappear a short time later. As they all have learned too well in the camps, many disappear never to return.


The Kovacevic’s eventually leave the camps and reconnect with Tarik’s wife, Merjem, who is unable to accept the possibility of the loss of her husband. The families’ trajectories lead them to journey together as they face unforeseen obstacles that must be overcome if they are to find true freedom from the trauma that continues to inform their decisions. As refugees, they move to Germany and then to America seeking to rediscover meaning in their lives after surviving genocide, grieving their losses, and to place roots in their new home.

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