Category: Survivor Stories

The Courage to Start Over: Amra Dautović

Amra Dautović came to the UK as a child refugee during the Bosnian War. Arriving to the country without speaking a word of English she now has a degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice, as well as a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology. Amra is now the Managing Director of the My Time Richmond Fellowship Division and has won several awards for her efforts and contribution to Mental Health work. Although she says her biggest achievement is her family, especially her two young children that she hopes to raise with knowledge and pride of their family heritage and origin. This is her story.

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Una Srabović-Ryan

Una Srabović-Ryan is a British Bosnian whose biological father was killed in the Srebrenica genocide. She was adopted at 6 months and moved with her adoptive family at the age of 5 to the UK. In 2016 she went to Australia to meet her biological mother. It was during her time there that she learnt of her father’s name and saw his picture for the first time.

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Fadila Efendić

Nothing can prepare you for what Fadila Efendić witnessed in Srebrenica in July 1995 or the trauma that comes from losing your husband and son, yet she has remained strong for her daughter and works in a shop opposite the cemetery to support her family. She tells us the whole story.

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Breaking the Silence – ‘Fatima’

As a 14-year old girl, ‘Fatima’ was taken from her family and raped by soldiers. She also witnessed the worst horrors of ‘ethnic cleansing’ as she tried to reach safety. She bravely reveals her story to Remembering Srebrenica.

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Bakira Hasečić

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.

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Moving Stories: Safet Vukalic

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.

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Resad Trbonja

At 19, Resad went overnight from being an ordinary European teenager to a soldier defending Sarajevo against the longest siege in modern history.

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Hajrudin Mesić

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.

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