DOBRINJA // 11. 1992.
SEJO ALIC // SOLDIER
ORAL HISTORY - INTERVIEW
ORAL HISTORY - TRANSCRIPT

October 1992

Sejo Alic
Soldier
DOBRINJA

‘Well, when I recall being wounded, there are some memories, feelings and such, but getting the wound was very painful. Painful for many reasons, mostly because I was in a way useless, for some administrative reasons within my company. My son and I went to the New City Council, because my son wanted to get into my company and the security guy from my company said that he couldn’t. Well, anyway, it all had to be done at New Town Council. We got there. They told us to get back to our company again and it was all nonsense, when we were going back from the Council, we got out of the trench, crossing the street. I found myself on the ground, my son, too. I was immobile. I was just able to move my head and at that moment there was another shell. My son was crawling. He was crawling, he wanted to get to me, and I just turned my head and said: Don’t go... I wanted to say: It’s over with me. Don’t go... There you see. I mean, through a thousand... Tomorrow will be the day. Four years exactly. You always survive these things. Today my son and I were sitting, we just had an Assembly today, then a reporter was shooting something for the TV, we talk about it, laugh. And then, when the images come back. My wife told me afterwards, he had been at the Dobrinja Hospital for two days, and I had been lying in Traumatology for three months. And the first two... I mean the first two days, when my wife asked about me, he cried. I think I remember the moment when my son crawled to me. They put me in a car. We reached the Dobrinja Hospital. I found myself on the desk. They took everything off me. I felt pain in my legs. They took my clothes off and I know I found myself in an ambulance, to transfer me to Kosevo Hospital. The van drove off. The transfusion was hanging there, and as they started the car, it fell, so I told the lad next to the driver: It fell. They put it back. He stayed next to me till the hospital. When we came to the hospital, I remember telling him: ‘Don’t let them snap off my leg.’ I remember that much. I was in a corridor. In the morning I woke up. The first thing I did, I looked whether I have two legs. That was a relief, although it hurt. I mean, it hurt. I was moaning, there. A grown man and moaning. Afterwards it got easier. They used to come during those three months, two by two from the company to visit, with gifts. It was cookies and such. All in all it ended well.’

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NOVEMBER 1992


• In order for Sarajevans to join organized convoys that after a long delay have begun to leave the city, one needs to receive consent from the Sarajevo police, UN approval and consent from the Bosnian Serbs.
• Stjepan Kljujic, the BiH Presidency’s Croat member is forced to resign at the request of the HDZ, in favor of Miro Lasic, their new candidate.
• Sefer Halilovic, commander of the BiH Armed Forces, prohibits the departure of the convoy, but Pero Butigan, director of the Red Cross, insists that they are required to transport citizens. In the end, both convoys, one headed for Split and the other for Belgrade, manage to leave.
• Director Paul Masic makes the animated film "Coffee".
• "Sipad holding,” a factory for processing wood and producing furniture, possesses stores of wood that could be used for heating, but the question remains how it can be brought into Sarajevo. Wood shipments are stalled in Fojnica, Tarcin, Konjic ... all cities surrounding Sarajevo.
• Geneva, November 7th, 1992. In Geneva, during a conference on Bosnia, Radovan Karadzic, says that due to pressure from the international community for now he will abandon the request for a separate state, but he still holds requirements for great autonomy and the division of BiH into five areas. Haris Silajdzic demands the opening of a road corridor from Ploce - Mostar - Sarajevo
• A convoy of Sarajevo Slovenes, organized by the Association of Slovenes and the Slovenian government, leaves Sarajevo for Slovenia.
• UNPROFOR and the utility company 'Rad' undertake cleaning and the removal of a huge number of damaged vehicles from the street.
• The wounded wait to leave the city.
• A Hollywood team visits the editorial office of "Oslobodjenje," which operates in the basements of their completely destroyed headquarters situated on the front line of the city
• UNPROFOR receives a decision of the UN from Geneva stating that the official political and economic delegations from Sarajevo can use transport aircraft used to deliver humanitarian aid.
• The UNHCR advises Sarajevans to eat packed lunches from humanitarian aid every 6-7 days.
• The Post Office reconnects 30,000 phone lines just for priority cases, and only for local communication, as the connections to outside countries have been cut.


• The District Military Prosecutor's Office conducts an investigation of former UNPROFOR commander Louis Mackenzie


• In the city, banks are being established.

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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