filed for The Guardian, 28 June 1993
When we first saw Amira Halilovic, she was sitting crying amongst a dozen children in a tiny, dark room on the outskirts of Zagreb in Croatia. She had a picture of Elton John on her jeans and was 16 years old.
We were filming her talking to Norwegian child psychologist, Magne Raundalen, about her recent experiences as a muslim in Bosnia. Her horrific images and memories of war came tumbling out like a kind of frenzied confession.
Magne, a leading international authority on the psychological impact of war on children, offered something that might help her come to terms with her trauma. Giving her an exercise book and a pen, he suggested that she try writing down what had happened.
When we returned two days later, Amira had filled the whole book. She was so proud of what she had done that she couldn't stop laughing. This is what she wrote.