Amila Bosnae writes about the years “stolen” by the war in the former Yugoslavia:

You lose a couple of years once, and twenty years later, you still haven’t caught up. [...] Time stopped for us in a way, then. I didn’t even grow at all for the better part of those years because there was nothing to grow from. We were isolated from the world, but the world just kept on going without us. Possibly still celebrating the reunification of Germany and a new Europe while we were running for cover. In new Europe. [...]