Gripping memoir reveals atrocities, trauma caused by war from child’s perspective

ELIZABETH HILLS, New South Wales — This week marks the nationwide release of “Through The Eyes of an Innocent Child,” a powerful and absorbing book by author Mirsada Alemic-Helac.

Have you ever thought of how children really feel while they are trapped in a war zone, surrounded by nothing but chaos? Did you ever stop and consider what goes through their minds and what is felt in the hearts while their childhood is ruined, lives are interrupted and dreams are shattered in the most heartless way? Ever wondered what it might feel like drifting to sleep under the echoes of grenade explosions or walking to school dodging bullets?

“Through the Eyes of an Innocent Child” is a memoir told by a young girl who was unfortunate enough to experience it all on her very own skin — all because of a senseless war led by merciless leaders who pursued their brutal actions to achieve some delusional ideologies. This book aims to depict and to convey the real feelings and thoughts of a child, and give insight into their small, innocent world while being overshadowed by the stench of ammunition powder and escaping the sharp edges of the shrapnel.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Alemic-Helac was born in 1987 in the town of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has written her first book, a memoir, based on her childhood experience in the war while she was confined in the besieged town of Srebrenica, just before the genocide of 1995 — the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II. Alemic-Helac now resides in Elizabeth Hills, New South Wales, where she arrived as a refugee in 1997 together with her mother, brother and sister. Alemic-Helac is now married and has two beautiful daughters.

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  • Mirsada is an inspiration, and a role model for the entire Bosnian community and diaspora, as well as an incredible positive contributor to Australian society. She is strong, determined and intelligent beyond words – and has used her voice to promote peace and remembrance of victims of war. I look forward to reading her book, and I look forward to her continued leadership in our community.

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