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 spoke about the war ...

Yes ... and first I have to say where I used to work. I was Professor of History and Latin Language at Dobor College. It's Bosnian, small town about 60,000 people but about 20,000 student.

Lovely town on three rivers and I really enjoyed my life with my students, with my wife and two kids.

Everything was OK until ... May 1992 then war broke in Bosnia and Serbian people and Yugoslavian Army, they aggressive on my country and [pause] my ex-student who used to work in Bosnia police came one day and he told me, 'Professor, you must go. Your name is on list for arrest and killed?' And my son name was as well. And I had only ten minutes to take my personal things - passport, little bit money. I didn't go to the bank and I was without my, without anything but ... my ex-student help me to escape from the town. He took me on free territory to the other town where I became refugee in own country. And at that time my son was student in Sarajevo, and my daughter who was at medical college she was in other town. I didn't know anything about them. When I escaped to town Zepce, small town 20,000 people, but at the time they had about 10,000 refugees and I found accommodation in one primary school and they shared one room about sixty or seventy of us and ... local people they provide us with food and ... everybody was expecting the war would be finished for couple of days, but unfortunately it last more than three year.

My wife at that time was quite ill and when I took her to hospital they told me, 'Sorry, this is more. We can't help your wife. You have to go to the other country, Croatia or Slovenia. They will help you. They will accept you like refugee.'

But it was big problem to go out. Police, they did not allow me to go and when I took paper from doctor and show them, and they said, 'Yes, you can go.' They gave me ten days and after ten days I have to come back [pause] And all roads they are under control of Serbian soldier. It was very dangerous to go to them because they will arrest you or kill you. We had to go through one mountain and about ten of us we were travelling during the night and during the day we were hiding in the forest.