"A gripping and compelling story... fascinating piece of memoirliterature." Dr. James Lyon, International Crisis Group
"A moving, real-life story, a must-read." Ambassador John McDonald, Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy
"Not My Turn to Die is a gift to the world." Peter Benson, Search Institute
"An eloquent testimony to the human capacity for compassion and forgiveness." Andrew Himes, Voices in Wartime Education Project
"A terrific read from page one!" Mark Scharenbroich, internationally known speaker and Emmy award winner
"Thank you, Savo, for taking us with you on this incredible journey." Louise Diamond, Ph.D., a global peace builder
About the book:
In 1992, Savo Heleta was a young Serbian boy enjoying an idyllic, peaceful childhood in Gorazde, a primarily Muslim city in Bosnia. At the age of just thirteen, Savo's life was turned upside down as civil war broke out. When Bosnian Serbs attacked the city, Savo and his family became objects of suspicion overnight.
Through the next two years, they endured treatment that no human being should ever be subjected to. Their lives were threatened, they were shot at, terrorized, put in a detention camp, starved, and eventually stripped of everything they owned. But after two long years, Savo and his family managed to escape. And then the real transformation took place.
From his childhood before the war to his internment and eventual freedom, we follow Savo's emotional journey from a young teenager seeking retribution to a person seeking healing, reconciliation, and peace. Through it all, we begin to understand this young man's arduous struggle to forgive the very people he could no longer trust.
At once powerful and elegiac, Not My Turn to Die offers a unique look at a conflict that continues to fascinate and enlighten us.
Publisher: AMACOM, New York
Coming out in March 2008
Visit http://www.savoheleta.com/ for more information