Bakira Hasečić established the Association of Women Victims of War in 2003 as a way of uniting the women who were raped and sexually abused during the war. This is her story.
Kadefa shares her story of surviving the genocide with two young children while her husband and 20 close relatives were murdered.
Watch this incredible video made by young people about forced migration, featuring the story of Safet Vukalic, who had to leave Bosnia due to the campaign of ethnic cleansing in the early 1990s.
At 19, Resad went overnight from being an ordinary European teenager to a soldier defending Sarajevo against the longest siege in modern history.
Hajrudin Mesić, the youngest of five brothers, is the only one of his siblings to survive the Srebrenica genocide. He was 21 when it happened. Before the war started, he had more reason than most to be hopeful about his future. “I always wanted to continue studying and be a teacher. We were the first […]
Lejla Damon was born on Christmas day in war-torn Bosnia in 1992. Like thousands of other women, Lejla’s birth mother had been repeatedly raped as part of an ethnic cleansing regime orchestrated by the Bosnian Serb army. Many children born of rape during the Balkan conflict have grown up isolated and rejected from society. But […]
Muharem Vunic is 23 and now lives in London, but was born in Bosnia during the war before fleeing to England as a refugee. My story starts on the 4th of August 1992, in a forest next to a village called Zagradze in Kotor Varos, Banja Luka. After brutal bombing from the Serbian army, my […]
Dženeta Karabegović now lives in the UK and is a PHD fellow at the University of Warwick Her family was forced to flee Bosnia-Herzegovina during the war. This is her story. In one of Tarik Samarah’s famous photos, there is a picture of an abandoned, broken doll, sitting on top of a secondary mass grave. […]
Kada Hotić lost her son, husband and two brothers in the genocide. Though horrific, it is the least extraordinary part of her story. What she witnessed during the night and day she spent at the UN base and the 90 minute bus journey as she was deported from Srebrenica would send chills down anyone’s spine. […]
Dr Fatima Dautbašić-Klempić was one of five doctors in Srebrenica at the time of the siege and one of the few women who joined the men on what became known as the ‘Death March’. During the siege things got worse and worse. One day, people were in a big crowd in front of the middle […]
Amra Mujkanovic is from a family of survivors - 3 generations before her went through concentration camps at the hands of first the Nazis and then the Bosnian Serbs in the 1990s. She was born in Scotland, but is proud to be Bosnian, a Muslim and the child of refugees and challenge people about what that means.
It probably wouldn’t be stretching the truth to state that Dr Ilijaz Pilav was the last man to leave Srebrenica. Forcing his injured patients into the care of unwilling UN staff, the doctor ran back to the post office to make a last ditch attempt to radio Sarajevo for help. As he raced across the […]