Safet was left starved, bruised and shattered by the Bosnian War. Now a refugee in the UK, he has looked for his loved ones over the last 20 years. Today, the war has long passed – but people are going missing once more in the Balkans.
“They came over with heavy artillery tanks and took our town – killing people, burning houses, taking our stuff. The town was almost razed to the ground. They even killed my grandfather, who was 93.”
Safet Alic is remembering the horrific events that unfolded when he was just 21.
A Bosnian Muslim, Safet grew up in a tight-knit community of friends and family, against a backdrop of growing ethnic tensions and economic problems.
When war broke out across the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, the civilian population in Bosnia was attacked by armed forces.
Looking back on that day, Safet says: “I consider myself very lucky to have survived.”
But the price of survival was a march to a concentration camp. More