Rape Warfare in Visegrad:Vilina Vlas
“I want to tell the Westerners the real truth. I want them to stop these crimes. There are plenty of girls in a worse position than me.”
-Mersiha, Muslim Girl, Rape Victim from Visegrad
One of the tactics used by the Army of Republic of Srpska and by local Serb Paramilitries in Visegrad was mass rape of Bosniak Muslim women and girls. The mass rape was planned: women were picked and brought to detention centers like the spa hotel Vilina Vlas, were Serb soldiers and paramilitaries would rape them. The women and girls were told that they are to give birth to “Serbs”.
*Read the Investigation: Visegrad rape victimes say their crie go unherd by Balkan Investigative Reporting Network(BIRN) reporters and watch their TV report aired on Bosnian Television.
Today Vilina Vlas is a spa hotel. Many rapists and murderers still work there. Visit their offical website.
Merjem, a Muslim girl, rape victim from Visegrad gave her witness account when she arrived on free teritory. This was published in Edina Kamenica’s article in Oslobodjenje on 23 March 2000.
“Besides Lukic, other men participated in the collection and taking away of girls. Among them were Dusko Andric, a former policeman and now one of the chief terrorists, Risto Perisic, a former high school teacher in the high school ‘Hamid Becirevic’ and now the Serb police chief in Visegrad. Regarding Momir Savic, Dragan Savic, Petar Savic, Mirko Savic, Leko Tesevic, Milomir Tesevic, I can tell you that they are bums who haven’t done anything worthwhile in their whole life and who saw in the war a chance to kill, maltreate and take away civilians”.
Peter Mass, author of “Love thy Neighbour“, wrote an article in Washingtion Post “ on 27 December 1992 entitled “The rapes in Bosnia: A Muslim Schoolgirl’s Account“ were he interviews Mersiha, a young Muslim girl rape victim from Visegrad who was raped in Vilina Vlas by Milan Lukic.
” The girls were taken to the Vilina Vlas motel, which has been described by the Slavic Muslim-led Bosnian government as one of the Serbs’ alleged “rape motels.” Mersiha was locked in one room and her friend was locked in another. Mersiha’s younger sister, Emina, was put in a room across the hall. A few hours later, Mersiha heard her sister moaning and sobbing. She never saw her again.
The warlord, Milan Lukic, who has been well-known locally for years, came into Mersiha’s room, put a table in front of the door and told her to undress.
“He said that if I didn’t do what he wanted, I would never go home,” Mersiha recalled, speaking in a nervous but steady voice. “Then he ordered me to take off my clothes. I didn’t want to do that. He said I must, that it would be better to take my clothes off myself, or else he would do it and he would be violent.”
Mersiha paused in her narration. She tightened her hold on the hand of her older sister, who is a student in Zenica and sat next to her throughout the interview, which was conducted in this government-held city in an empty pizzeria decorated with a few paltry Christmas ornaments. Mersiha stared hard at a spot on the tablecloth and resumed speaking.
“I started to cry. He said I was lucky to be with him. He said I could have been thrown into the river with rocks tied around my ankles. But I didn’t want to do it. He got angry and cursed and said, ‘I’m going to bring in 10 soldiers.’ “
And so Mersiha, who said she had never had a boyfriend, tried to stop crying as she was raped. “
*Watch Greek Documentary “Vilina Vlas” by Mega TV: