Date of Interview

Summer 9-7-2018

Interview Location

St. Louis, MO

Length of Interview


Date of Birth




Religion and/or Ethnicity



He was born to Muslim parents in the village of Podgaj, northwest of Srebrenica. His parents worked in agriculture, and he went to school with Muslims and Orthodox peers. He worked in construction before the war. He worked in Šid, Serbia, building a border with Croatia when he saw Serbs crossing into Bosnia with tanks and heavy weapons. The special police started asking questions at the workers lodging. He left the following day and returned to Podgaj. He was a member of a brigade for quick interventions and completed many missions in Srebrenica. They would attack Serbs for weapons, food, and medicine. US airdrops were insufficient, one ready to eat meal per person for six months and rarely medicine. Death became a casual affair. He always hoped we would return from missions alive, but he was primarily concerned for his family; wife, two sons, mother, and father. In July 1995, Serbs attacked from Zeleni Jadar to the south of Srebrenica, and it fell with no shots fired. After receiving word that Srebrenica had fallen, he sent his family to Potocari. His brigade assembled and travelled 100km in 6 days from Jaglici to Nezuk. He did not sleep or eat for six days and was ambushed many times. He witnessed the transportation and gathering of men at Bratunac Stadium and many dead bodies from the woods. He states that we will never know the actual number of people murdered. He states that future generations must be better and must not wage war. Srebrenica should never happen again.


Srebrenica, Podgaj, šid, Potocari, Bratunac Stadium, Zeleni Jadar, Bajkovici, Krizivac, Jaglici, Nezuk, JNA, Armija BIH, Naser Oric, Ratko Mladic, Genocide

Pre-War Residence


Wartime Residence


First Country of Residence

United States

First US Residence

St. Louis

Document Type

Oral History


Fontbonne University

Digital Format


Digital Publisher

Center for Bosnian Studies


Saint Louis



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