Spaho Bajric

Born: 19th July 1944

Small town near Sarajevo, Bosnia

Date of interview: 23rd June 2006

Map showing where Spaho Bajric came from

You have mentioned that when you left Bosnia you thought the war was going to last for six months and it lasted for more than that [SB Yes] and you were hoping to go back as soon as the war ended. What persuaded you to stay?

It's good question because everybody expected the war to be finished in a couple of weeks because this is Europe. This is not Africa ... there you can try for many years. [pause] In Bosnia we expected a European country like the United Kingdom, France, Germany to stop war [coughs] sorry. To stop war. They did not do anything. They had embargo. Yugoslavian Army [corrects] Serbian Army I do not say Yugoslavian - [emphasises] Serbian Army. Serbian Army have everything. They have guns. They kill Bosnian people but we did not have anything and we just were like lamb who ... that you can kill any time and it was shame I would say shame for United Kingdom for France for Germany. [pause] President Clinton he did something. He strike ... he brought some guns for Bosnian people to protect themselves and war stop ... OK