What follows is a Question & Answer Interview with Sanela.
Q: How many members are there in your family?
Q: What are the ages of the children?
A: me:25 sister: 22 brother: 17
Q: Are both parents living at home?
A: Yep, we all live together
Q: How many members are working to support your family?
A: 2 - Dad and me
Q: What do they do for work?
A: Dad is managing a store (supermarket), and I am Deputy
Spokesperson for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in
Q: What issues are you affected by? What are some major
issues affecting your country right now? How and in what ways are you
A: As you know we are post-war society, issues like return
of refugees and displaced persons are the most burning issues. Then
besides that issue, there are things like privatization (very
complicated process of turning the state owned companies - from
previous system into the private owned companies), banking system,
Q: What is your opinion on the issues and status of your
A: Time heals all wounds, but people will remember the war
forever, but still I believe that there is hope that people will
continue to love together - we can not exist on our own.
Q: How is your family directly being affected by the
problems/and or good things from relations with other countries?
A: Other countries? In general we can only see positive
sides in dealing with other countries.
Q: How is your family doing financially?
A: Could be better, but we are in good shape - more or less
Q: If you were in charge, how would you fix the problems; what
would you do and what do you think is the solution?
A: I would turn back the clock - but I would keep the memory
of the people, so maybe the war could be avoided.
Q: What kind of education have your children received, or are
A: Sister is student - economics (Sarajevo University) - my
brother is in Secondary School, and I am on University as well -
economics and computers sciences
Q: What are some traditions/rituals of your culture that your
family abides to?
A: Not much - family holidays only - We are Muslims, so we
have our holidays, but of course since I have lot of friends and some
of the family members who are Catholics and/or Orthodox - we also abide
Christmases and Easters - so we have two of all holidays...:) which is
Q: What is the predominant religion in your area?
A: Bosnians (Muslims), Serbs (Orthodox Catholics) and Croats
Q: Is your family happy?
A: We are all together, alive and I think that we are happy
and very much thankful for having each other.
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