Title

FBU-2017-08-31

Interviewer

Ben Moore

Date of Interview

Summer 8-31-2017

Interview Location

St. Louis, MO

Length of Interview

71:52

Date of Birth

1964

Gender

Female

Religion and/or Ethnicity

Muslim

Description

She was born in Zvornik to Muslim parents. Remembers pre-war Zvornik as a very multi-ethnic city where everyone got along. You only needed one salary in Yugoslavia. Her husband, Sead, worked, and she stayed at home to raise children. She had two young sons, ages 7 and 3, at the start of the war. Serbs blockaded the city resulting in a food shortage. She recalls bodies being burned and not being able to breathe because of the smoke. Her children were hungry, and there was no food, so she decided to escape Zvornik. They walked at night to Živinice, which is outside Tuzla. They stayed with their family in Živinice for the duration of the war. After the war, they stayed in Croatia for nine months and then to St. Louis on 11NOV1999. She immediately started working and hasn’t stopped. Siblings still living in Bosnia.

Keywords

Zvornik, Živinice, Tuzla, Mali Zvornik, Croatia, St. Louis, Food, Children

Pre-War Residence

Zvornik

Wartime Residence

Živinice

First Country of Residence

Croatia

First US Residence

St. Louis

Document Type

Oral History

Collection

Fontbonne University

Digital Format

MP3

Digital Publisher

Center for Bosnian Studies

City

Saint Louis

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