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Old enough to be on her own now

"IT'S OK here. I have friends. I'll stay," she says.

The girl just turned 14 years old. Her mother is gone. The girl says she heard that her mother had been seen near the border with Croatia.

She is old enough to be on her own now, she says. Her friends are the soldiers. She doesn't have many friends in the camp itself anymore.

She says there are problems because it isn't respectable to be a girl on your own at 14.

Sometimes she sleeps in the mountains with the soldiers.

Her family is scattered everywhere, and she doesn't know how or where to look for them.

She says she'll get by.

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