My Father Died in a Genocide. The First Time I Saw Him Was On YouTube

When his family escaped Bosnia 25 years ago, Dženan was too young to have any memories of his dad.

Dženan Halilović, 28, was born in a village in the Srebrenica municipality of eastern Bosnia Herzegovina. In 1992, the year he was born, Bosnia declared independence from Yugoslavia, after a decade of ethnic tensions following Tito’s death in 1980. Eventually, civil war broke out and Dženan’s family was forced to leave everything behind, including his father Mirza.

“I don’t have any memories of my dad,” Dženan said. “I was still a baby when he died.”

Bosnia has a diverse population composed of three main ethnic groups – the Croats, who are Catholic, the Bosniak Muslims and the Serbs, who are Christian Orthodox. When the country declared independence, Serbs living in Bosnia took up arms and declared their own state, the Serbian Republic {…}

Source: My Father Died in a Genocide. The First Time I Saw Him Was On YouTube



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