Atka Kafedzić-Reid was born in Sarajevo in 1970. At the outbreak of the Bosnian war, she was a political science student. During the war in Bosnia, she worked as a reporter for a local radio station and as an interpreter for the foreign press. Upon her arrival in New Zealand she worked as a journalist before becoming a graphic designer in 2006. In 2011 Atka and her sister Hana Schofield wrote ‘Goodbye Sarajevo’ which was published worldwide by Bloomsbury London. Atka and Andrew Reid, the New Zealand photojournalist she met in Sarajevo, are married and are based in Auckland with their two sons.