The Walk to Remember Srebrenica | Adisa Omerović Avdić

[Adisa Omerović Avdić & Ann Ferrell]

Ann Ferrell: “Can I ask about your grandfather?”

Adisa Omerović Avdić : “Yeah.”

AF: “Because the last you mentioned, was when you were separated from him.”

AOA: “Yeah, so we were separated. We were separated July 11th. His birthday was July 10th, it was the day before. And um, he was born in 1940. So when we were separated in ’95, um, that picture of him will stay with me forever. Um, but we didn’t hear, we, we were hoping and we were praying but I forgot to mention, when we were leaving, uh, that place where the buses were, um, we turned around and there was like a whole pile of these backpacks, which is why when we did the march of peace here July 11th, we had the backpacks to kind of symbolize that. What they [Bosnian Serb forces] did is when they were leaving the buses, getting them [Bosniak men and boys] out of the buses, they told them to take off their backpacks. So they piled them up, and that was a sign that they were taking their personal things and just shooting them in a grave or something. And that’s why, when they discovered these mass graves, it was all piled up because they would just, you know, line up and shooting them on top of each other.”