ZVORNIK, April 8 (FENA) – On this day in 1992, the war began in Zvornik, and this town on the bank of the Drina River was the scene of serious crimes against the Bosniak civilian population.
On this day in 1992, Kjašif Smajlović was the first journalist to be murdered during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Nisvet Mujanović was eleven years old at the time, and in a convoy of several thousand women and children, he set off with his mother and brother on the way to the free territory towards Tuzla, over Sapna. His father was wounded in Kamenica, and his brother was transferred to Srebrenica.
He says that, nevertheless, today he gladly comes to his town with his family, and has been working in education with returnees for more than ten years.
“You can’t help but remember the year of the siege that we spent in the Podrinje forests. Today it is the place where I still prefer to come and bring my children. I told them how my teacher Milenko went from the classroom to fight in a tank. It is something unimaginable to them, and to me to some extent,” says Mujanović.
The president of the Association of Families of Captured and Missing Persons of the Zvornik Municipality, Ahmet Grahić, told FENA that they are still searching for 413 persons.
Of those who were charged with war crimes committed in Zvornik, Dušan Vučković died at the Central Prison in Belgrade, and his brother Vojin was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Brano Grujić, president of the SDS and the Crisis Staff in Zvornik, was sentenced to six years in prison.
Many other perpetrators responsible for the killing of some 2,000 Zvornik Bosniaks in April, May and June 1992, are still at large.