Genocide in Bosnia

Bosnian Genocide, 1992-1995

Witness: Serbs Killed 1,350 Bosniak Prisoners in Brcko camp

“They raped one woman whose children and parents were present, along with everyone else… They took 15 people out and slit their throats on the grass… Three people who were watching at the window and were noticed by the guards, their throats were slit as well. With my own eyes I have seen this… I will forever remember [my friend’s] screaming and yelling not to kill him, and not to slit his throat” – Alija Lujinovic, Bosnian Genocide survivor.

Bosnian Muslim Describes Slaughter by Serbs

(Click to Enlarge) Bosnian Genocide (1992): A 1992 photographs of mass grave in the area of Brcko showing a Bimeks truck (in the top right-hand corner). The trucks were believed to have been used to transport bodies. Bosniak (Bosnian Muslims) victims tied, killed and thrown into mass grave.

(Click to Enlarge) Bosnian Genocide (1992): Bosnian Genocide (1992): A 1992 photographs of mass grave in the area of Brcko showing a Bimeks truck (in the top right-hand corner). The trucks were believed to have been used to transport bodies. Bosniak (Bosnian Muslims) victims tied, killed and thrown into mass grave.

WASHINGTON — A 53-year-old Muslim from Bosnia-Herzegovina on Wednesday said Serbian guards at a detention camp systematically slaughtered 1,350 captives during seven weeks of terror in May and June [1992] (see some of the killing in action)

Alija Lujinovic, who is from the town of Brcko in northeast Bosnia, told his horrific tale to a closed-door session of the Senate Armed Services Committee, then again to reporters at a news conference.

Committee Chairman Sam Nunn, D-Ga., said he did not present Lujinovic at a public hearing because his staff had not had adequate time to corroborate his story. But he said “a lot of the things he’s saying are consistent with other reports… including intelligence.”

Lujinovic, a traffic engineer who denied any involvement in politics or violence, said he was captured May 3 [1992] while hiding in a cellar after Serbian irregulars and troops of the former Yugoslav army attacked his town.

He was held for two days at a mosque, where Serbian captors mocked the Bosniak prisoners and desecrated the building. The prisoners were then transferred to a transportation center, where he said atrocities worsened.

Bosnian Genocide (1992): Brcko massacre.

Bosnian Genocide (1992): Brcko massacre.

“They raped one woman whose children and parents were present, along with everyone else,” Lujinovic said through an interpreter. “They took 15 people out and slit their throats on the grass… Three people who were watching at the window and were noticed by the guards, their throats were slit as well. With my own eyes I have seen this.”

The captired then were transported in buses to warehouses near Brcko, alongside the Sava River, he said, when they sat confined on concrete floors. Men were selected daily, taken outside, and their throats slit near a drain that carried off the blood into the river, he said.

“The guard steps with his foot on the torso, pulls the head back by the hair, and slits their throat,” he said.

Bosnian Genocide (1992): Close-up of the drain at the Brcko Luka camp facility. Witnesses detailed how Serbs executed victims, slaughtering their throats, and forcing their heads on the grate covering the drain.

Bosnian Genocide (1992): Close-up of the drain at the Brcko Luka camp facility. Witnesses detailed how Serbs executed victims, slaughtering their throats, and forcing their heads on the grate covering the drain.

Prisoners were forced to stack the corpses behind the building bduring the day, and at night the bodies were thrown into the river, Lujinovic said. He himself carried three corpses behind the warehouse, he added.

One of the victims was a friend and co-worker, a 27-year-old computer operator named Ado Kucalovic. “I will forever remember his screaming and yelling not to kill him, and not to slit his throat,” Lujinovic said.

By late June [1992], jsut 150 of the 1,500 people originally in the camp were left alive, he said. All but 35 were freed when friends and relatives paid ransom for them, and Lujinovic said he was one of those left behind when he was unable to come up with the 5,000 German marks required.

He said he was freed after he approached a Serbian inspector at the camp, a former friend, and got the necessary documents.

Bosnian Genocide (1992) Brcko massacre execution of Bosnian Muslim civilian

Bosnian Genocide (1992) Brcko massacre execution of Bosnian Muslim civilian

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