Member, The Working Group for Bosnia & Herzegovina
Member, Expert International Team Council for the Research of Genocide Canada (IGC)
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 to order it.
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Read chapter one by clicking below.
Excellent book review from local NPR affiliate in West Lafayette, IN. Go to REVIEWS AND MEDIA page on my website
MORE PRAISE FOR MY FORTHCOMING BOOK
"...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
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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.