Elvir Mujic was born in Srebernica, Bosnia Herzegovina in 1977 (then Yugoslavia). He attended public schools until the war began in Bosnia in April of 1992. He spent much of the war hiding with his family, family and friends in the so-called “safe haven” of Srebrenica. In July 1995, when Bosnian Serb forces overran the town, he escaped to Zepa, another “safe haven.” Due to harsh conditions there and fear of the town falling to Bosnian Serb forces, Elvir and some others decided to trek to Serbia, judging they would be treated as prisoners of war. They were interred in a prison camp of Sljivovica and Mitrovo Polje, where he spent six months. Released on January 17, 1996, he was immediately taken to Belgrade airport where he was told he would go to the United States. Without knowing it, he had been sponsored by an American family and would begin high school ten days after arriving in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He later attended Clark Community College and then Washington State University, where he finished with a B.A. in history in 2003. He now works at the Embassy of Bosnian and Herzegovina and lives with his wife in Virginia.