The Grebak journey:How Goradze survived during the siege

Bosniaks from Eastern Bosnia crossing mountains to Grebak to buy food and supplies.

Bosniaks from Eastern Bosnia crossing mountains to Grebak to buy food and supplies.

Above: In order to survive the Bosnian Serb Army siege of Gorazde. Bosniak civilians had to make a daring journey to Grebak, a Bosnian Army outpost near Sarajevo, where they bought much needed food and supplies and brought it back to Gorazde on foot. The journey took several days and it was through Bosnian Serb Army territory. The columns consisting of several hundred, sometimes more than a thousand people took place mostly during night. The journey was filled with ambushes, landmines and freezing temperatures. Dozens of people were killed, injured or froze to death. Their only aim was to survive!

During the winter, dozens of Bosniaks who dared to travel to Grebak to buy food froze to death.

A civilian who attempted to reach Grebak froze to death. During the winter, dozens of Bosniaks who dared to travel to Grebak dies due to low temperatures.

Above: In order to survive the Bosnian Serb Army siege of Gorazde. Bosniak civilians had to make a daring journey to Grebak, a Bosnian Army outpost near Sarajevo, where they bought much needed food and supplies and brought it back to Gorazde on foot. The journey took several days and it was through Bosnian Serb Army territory. The columns consisting of several hundred, sometimes more than a thousand people took place mostly during night. The journey was filled with ambushes, landmines and freezing temperatures. Dozens of people were killed, injured or froze to death. Their only aim was to survive!

Bosniak children stand by remains of a  cluster bomb which was aimed at civilian objects in Gorazde.

Bosniak children stand by remains of a cluster bomb which was aimed at civilian objects in Gorazde.

Above: In order to survive the Bosnian Serb Army siege of Gorazde. Bosniak civilians had to make a daring journey to Grebak, a Bosnian Army outpost near Sarajevo, where they bought much needed food and supplies and brought it back to Gorazde on foot. The journey took several days and it was through Bosnian Serb Army territory. The columns consisting of several hundred, sometimes more than a thousand people took place mostly during night. The journey was filled with ambushes, landmines and freezing temperatures. Dozens of people were killed, injured or froze to death. Their only aim was to survive!

Bosniaks walking by night through Bosnian Serb Army territory towards Grebak to buy food and supplies.

Bosniaks walking by night through Bosnian Serb Army territory towards Grebak to buy food and supplies.

Above: In order to survive the Bosnian Serb Army siege of Gorazde. Bosniak civilians had to make a daring journey to Grebak, a Bosnian Army outpost near Sarajevo, where they bought much needed food and supplies and brought it back to Gorazde on foot. The journey took several days and it was through Bosnian Serb Army territory. The columns consisting of several hundred, sometimes more than a thousand people took place mostly during night. The journey was filled with ambushes, landmines and freezing temperatures. Dozens of people were killed, injured or froze to death. Their only aim was to survive!

This 13-year old girl carried 18kg of flour from Grebak to Gorazde. The journey took several days.

This 13-year old girl carried 18kg of flour from Grebak to Gorazde. The journey took several days.

Above: In order to survive the Bosnian Serb Army siege of Gorazde. Bosniak civilians had to make a daring journey to Grebak, a Bosnian Army outpost near Sarajevo, where they bought much needed food and supplies and brought it back to Gorazde on foot. The journey took several days and it was through Bosnian Serb Army territory. The columns consisting of several hundred, sometimes more than a thousand people took place mostly during night. The journey was filled with ambushes, landmines and freezing temperatures. Dozens of people were killed, injured or froze to death. Their only aim was to survive!

NEVER FORGET GORAZDE ’92-’95!

*Note: Author of the pictures is Heimo Aga. Pictures published in “Grihota je ubijanje tvica” by Mehmed Bradaric.

One Response to “The Grebak journey:How Goradze survived during the siege”

  1. my dad went to grebak 13 times, every time he came back home my three year old sister would hug the bag of flour and dad at the same time. it was like eid/christmas when we had flour in the house.

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