Mirsad Solakovic was only thirteen years old when the Bosnian War 1992-5 devastated his young life. Mirsad survived this war in which more than 300,000 people died, but even after his family's escape to the UK he was haunted by the terrors he experienced. After his arrival in the UK Mirsad was initially closed off from those around him and quickly labelled a 'problem child'. It was only through the determination and quiet patience of a teacher that Mirsad was able to come to terms with his past. Mirsad now works as an actor and also is a recognised poet. He lives in London.