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English09/09/2019

VICTIMS’ FAMILIES: WE WILL GIVE OUR LIVES NOT TO JOIN NATO

 

EAST SARAJEVO, September 9 /SRNA/ - The director of the war-time Žica Hospital in Srpska Ilidža Dr. Milan Pejić said on Monday that 11 people were killed in the NATO bombing from August 30 until September 9, 1995 and that 36 wounded people were admitted to the Hospital.

 

While paying his respects to victims of the NATO bombing in Republika Srpska at a ceremony that is being held in East Sarajevo, Pejić told reporters that workers of Remontni Zavod Hadžići, who fled to Bratunac, were among those who suffered indirect consequences of the bombing with depleted uranium ammunition.

“I think that 36 people died of cancer in Bratunac, which is not an accident. Among them is my colleague who died of stomach cancer, his uncle and aunt died of brain and lung cancer, while my acquaintance from Remontni Zavod had three tumors of respiratory organs, which appeared one after another. I treated him, but couldn’t help him,” said Pejić.

He says that the effects of the NATO bombing are still present in areas bombed by depleted uranium ammunition, where there was much steam, dust, and where soil, water, and food were contaminated.

“There were several important military facilities in Ilidža, where we were, which were intensely shelled, mostly at night,” he said.

According to him, these are Military Postal Office in Žunovnica, Tehnički Remontni Zavod, Pretis and Orao in Rajlovac.

“We were under siege and endured more than 30 offensives. We had 6,500 wounded and performed 3,500 surgeries in general anesthesia. We endured it all, and in the end, left the way we did not expect,” he said.

He also mentioned the first victims of this criminal act, brother and sister Radenko and Radmila Galinac, who, he says, were intentionally targeted by an aircraft while on their way home to Vojkovići.

Borislav Kondić has told reporters that he witnessed the killing of Radenko and Radmila, whom he had given a ride home to Vojkovići after the burial of their brother Radovan in Vogošća.

"On our way back, I supposed that NATO would fire in the evening and we hurried to hide somewhere. When the first missile fell, we were already on our way to the crater that was made, and when we arrived there, the aircraft, which Radenko recognized, flew in again. It was too late to escape so the blast sent us flying in the air. The plane flew in for the third time and shot our vehicle with a 20-mm gun in three places,” recounts Kondić.

The mother of the killed, Mirjana Galinac, says she does not know what keeps her alive with all the grief and sadness for her three killed children.

"I lost three children, two to NATO, and two weeks before that my son was killed at Trnovo. After that, my grandson fell ill at only two-and-a-half and ended up in a specialized institution in Prijedor,” recounts Mirjana.

She said it was very hard to watch her grandson she lives with, who has health problems with his spine, not be able to get a job that would suit his illness, so she wonders if she, being a mother of three killed children, and her grandchildren deserve more attention.

The Monday commemoration of NATO bombing victims is also attended by Zora Vuković from Banjaluka, whose only son, 21-year-old Boris, was killed on September 11, 1995 during the bombing of a radio relay station in the area of Mrkonjić Grad.

"He was at a relay station at Čvorište and just as we were talking on the phone, the line was cut. We didn’t know what happened. An airplane flew in then and the bombing started. One day later we heard that the relay was targeted and destroyed. The blast threw my son a few meters away and he was found a day later under a pine tree, while his fellow fighter was found under the rubble,” stated Vuković.

She added that the hardest thing for her was to hear that people wanted to join NATO and asked if anyone could prevent that.

"If need be, we will give our own lives not to join NATO. I don’t want my granddaughter, who was born seven months after my son and her father was killed, to go through what I went through,” stated Vuković. /end/sg,dš