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THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE SJEVERIN MASSACRE

     The Association for Social Research and Communication (UDIK) reminds the public that today is the 28th anniversary of the war crime named “Sjeverin massacre”.

The Sjeverin massacre took place on 22 October 1992 when members of the Serbian paramilitary unit under the command of Milan Lukić, kidnapped 16 passengers from Priboj – Pljevlja bus in the Bosnian village of Mioče near Višegrad. 16 Bosniak passengers from Sjeverin – 15 men and one woman, all Yugoslavian and Serbian citizens – were taken off the bus and forced onto truck. They were taken to hotel Vilina Vlas in Višegrad. The hostages were severely beaten and tortured inside the hotel and then taken to the edge of the Drina River where they were executed. For this crime were sentenced Dragutin Dragićević, Milan Lukić and Oliver Krsmanović to 20 years and Đorđe Šević to 15 years.

On the occasion of the anniversary, UDIK’s Coordinator, Edvin Kanka Ćudić, said: “Sjeverin is a sad story about the suffering and expulsion of Bosniaks from Sandžak area. It shows that people in the area experienced repression only because of a different name. Today, almost no one talks about it.”

“Sjeverin shows us that there was no internal war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but open aggression against persons of other ethnicities. In that case, it did not matter whether you were a citizen of FR Yugoslavia or Bosnia and Herzegovina, but it was crucial that your name was different”, said Ćudić.

On this occasion, we remember the innocent victims: Alija Mandal, Derviš Softić, Esad Džihić, Idriz Gibović, Hajrudin Sajtarević, Medredin Hodžić, Mehmed Šebo, Meho Hodžić, Mevlida Koldžić – Hodžić, Mithad Softić, Mujo Alihodžić, Mustafa Bajramović, Muzafer Hadžić, Ramahudin Ćatović, Ramiz Begović, and Sead Pecikoza.

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