HOW TO GET PASSED THE DOBRINJA // 11. 1992.
SELVER PORCA // JOURNALIST
ORAL HISTORY - INTERVIEW
ORAL HISTORY - TRANSCRIPT

November 1992

Selver Porca
Journalist
HOW TO GET PASSED THE DOBRINJA

‘It was very hard to pass through the Dobrinja barricade and usually we would do it by night, because of visibility. Everything possible that could be done was provided in order to help people to move in safety and only those who had to go through used this. In addition to protection with heavy trucks, buses, containers and similar things, there was a wall of bags on one side and concrete blocks on the other side. It was one meter wide and it was built at a certain angle that protected from shells. People would usually run. Run like hell. As fast as they could run. There were many smashed cars on that road, and many drivers lost their lives there, there was a lot of blood, vehicles crashed one over the other and dead bodies lying around.
Every day something was added to close even the smallest hole through which a sniper could shoot and kill someone. That barricade was a place where, in some way, life won and where inspite of the chetniks presence, life flew from Dobrinja to Vojnicko polje, to Alipasino polje. That gave some normality to life and children from high school were able to go to school. Regardless of the risk and danger from chetniks, that barricade of death became a shelter of good providing some safety even if it meant running through at night in order to pass.’

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TRENCHES

Apart from the trenches which were used for fighting there were many trenches within the city which served primarily the civilian population. By using those labyrinths between buildings the citizens were protected against sniper fire when going to fetch water, when going to work or to meet each.

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