INGENUITY IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY
Senada was born in Gorazde, in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, which at the time was a republic of Yugoslavia. When war broke out in 1992, her parents moved the family to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina—which had declared independence from Yugoslavia. In April 1992, the Army of Republika Srpska (comprised of Bosnian Serbs trying to create a new state) encircled and blockaded the city, the start of an almost four-year siege that would claim, by some estimates, nearly 100,000 civilian lives—and wreak untold psychological havoc. Senada’s dangerous work with a humanitarian organization during the war would catch the eye of an American military officer and lead to the offer that changed her life—a scholarship opportunity at Graceland University in Iowa.