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"Your vocation has inspired, and continues to inspire, many people in search of a better and fairer world."  —President Rexhep Meidani, President of Albania 1997–2002

"A gripping memoir." —Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Sally Becker is an author and former leader of Operation Angel, a British charity in Kosovo. Her work rescuing victims of war has been recognized with many awards and she has been featured in Good Housekeeping and the Washington Post. She is a goodwill ambassador for Children of Peace.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752483099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752483092
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,248,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Blumenau TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is in many ways an exasperating book, which is a great pity, because the story it tells, of Sally Becker’s heroic work with refugees during the Bosnian War of 1992/5 and the Kosovo War in 1998/9 is such a remarkable one.

The situation in Bosnia at this time was complicated enough: Serbs, Croats and Muslims were all fighting each other, and a multitude of international organizations – charities and several United Nations agencies - were also involved. But there are additional confusions in her account of her experiences: she bombards the reader with place names without indicating where they are (there are many photographs, but no map of Bosnia); with initials such as ECMM or UNPROFOR without explaining what they stood for (UNPROFOR stands for United Nations Protection Force and Sally Becker is scathing about its unwillingness - not its inability - to do any protecting); and with more names of the many individuals whom she met or with whom she worked than I at least can remember. Her account is often very hard to follow. There are masses of details, but at the same time there is frequently an absence of details that I thought were really needed. The book badly needed a much tougher editor than it had. The three stars of this review reflect that, rather than the inspirational matter of the book.

For we can be no doubt about her incredible and unwearying determination, her well-nigh insane courage, her achievements and the frustrations and dangers she faced.

In Bosnia Sally operated from a base in Medjugorje in Croatian-controlled territory, where there was a refugee camp run by a charity whose Croat name means “sunflowers”.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey on June 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I recommended this book to a friend whose reaction was "I know there are horrors in the world,I don't want to read about them." Yes, there are horrors aplenty in Sally Becker's book but there is a greater measure of inspiration and hope due to this one woman's refusal to stand by and do nothing in the face of seemingly insuperable difficulties.
For most of us the idea of setting off into a war zone to bring humanitarian aid to those in desperate need is the stuff of fiction. But this is fact, and a wonderful example of what goodwill (and a huge amount of courage) can bring about.
I urge you to read Sunflowers and Snipers and to take inspiration from what the human spirit can achieve.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen on May 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book I have read all through in one go for a long time as I have ME/CFS and my concentration is very bad.
This book is a must for everyone and it should be read by children as well as adults.Maybe it will teach people to live in peace and get on with each other whether they are divided by religious or cultural differences.
What a brave lady Sally is to have taken on such a task when no-one in authority wanted to know. Even when she was shot she would not leave the children she was helping to get to safety.
This is an inspiring book and I will certainly read it again.
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While the rest of the world was turning its back, Sally Becker was risking her life to rescue children throughout the Balkans. I bought the book to read on a long haul flight and could not put it down. We worship sports personalities as if they were Gods yet ignore those who are truly worthy of our admiration. This book is well worth reading.
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