My name is Norair Vertanus. I thank God for being above ground after what I’ve been through in my life.
I missed a gun fire in a revolution, when I was only 7, survived from many bombings since then, experienced discrimination all my life, stayed alive from many threats in army, ran away from a radical government , crossed boarders of Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, and Austria with a bare foot, and saved my life.
I still remember the screaming of mothers and children in bombings. I remember the darkness of shelters, and the sound of siren, feel the coldness of the weather and unfair life, when I was just 7.
I felt the true meaning of freedom in the United States after our escape. It’s been 20 years now and since then, my mission is to help people, children and parents.