Episode 29

"Forced Out" - A story of Surviving Conflict

Published on: 29th October, 2023

In this episode I explore the emotional journey of Ivana Štrbac-Alfonso, who was forced to leave her home in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the conflict in the 1990s.

Ivana, who was only five to six years old at the time, lived in a village outside Zenica, a moderately large town in middle Bosnia.

The episode delves into the pain and struggle of leaving one’s country amidst conflict and seeking safety elsewhere.

Ivana eventually found a new home on Australia’s Gold Coast. The episode sheds light on her experiences as a refugee and her efforts to rebuild her life in a new country.

Ivana shares her passion for giving back to there community and how her experiences have shaped her into the person she is today.

This episode promises an insightful and emotional exploration of Ivana’s journey from being a young refugee to becoming a successful community builder in Australia.

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An Englishman in the Balkans
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"Welcome to "An Englishman in the Balkans" podcast, hosted by David Pejčinović-Bailey.
In this podcast, you'll get a unique look at life in Bosnia and Herzegovina through the eyes of an immigrant. Each episode, David shares his experiences living in this often misunderstood country, and introduces you to some of the interesting people he's met along the way.
From exploring the rich culture and history, to discussing the challenges and joys of immigrating to a new country, this podcast offers a thoughtful and engaging look at life in the Balkans.
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David Pejčinović-Bailey

I am a podcaster, living in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and sharing my experiences of living in this often misunderstood country.