A Escape to Freedom

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After the end of the Soviet Union a number of European states were created, which included Bosnia. There was conflict between ethnic and religious groups because borders were changed. A war broke out in 1992 because Serbs and Croats living in Bosnia wanted the territory for themselves. Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic sent the Yugoslav Army to eastern Bosnia and killed thousands. They started an “ethnic cleansing” process; they destroyed large areas where Bosnian Muslims lived; they were captured, beaten, tortured and sent to concentration camps. The Serbs had a policy for raping the Bosnian women because this destroyed bonds between families. More than 800,000 Bosnians fled their country, having lost their homes and loved ones.
There are many Bosnians living outside their country. According to the book, The Bosnian Diaspora, an estimate of 1.4 million Bosnians live outside of Bosnia. The largest Bosnian Diaspora occurred because of the war, which caused thousands of Bosnians to flee their home, most of them Muslim. “From 1991 to 1994, 11,500 immigrated. The number fell to 8,300 in 1995, then rose to 11,900 in 1996. In 1994, with the U.S. Census records listing Bosnians as a separate category, 337 refugees were granted permanent residence. There were an additional 3,818 refugees in 1995 and 6,246 in 1996. In 1996, 19,242 Bosnians filed for refugee status. Of these, 14,654 were…

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