A SEND OFF TO CROATIA, JULY 2007
A Travelogue by Cynthia Harriman, Soprano I
Four buses carrying 130 Voices from the Heart members crawled along narrow lanes through lush green countryside that appeared peaceful and eternal. But the peace was deceptive in Perusic, a village of 846 inhabitants in central Croatia that has known warfare rather than peace all too often since its founding more than 500 years ago on the border between the Ottoman Empire and Europe. More recently, Perusic found itself at war again in the 1990s, when Croatia and Serbia fought over this territory after the breakup of Yugoslavia.