World Bulletin / News Desk
For 15-year-old Bosnian boy Damir Suljic, this youthful life was cut short in 1995 when he was forced to take a final journey with his father from which he would never return.
The six-member Suljic family was living in the Bosnian village of Pusmulici near Srebrenica until they had to flee approaching Bosnian Serb forces on July 10, 1995.
Caught up in the 1992-1995 Bosnian War, they -- like thousands of other Bosnian Muslims -- wanted to reach Tuzla, safe territory held by Bosnian government forces about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Srebrenica.
However, this hope was just a prelude to the Srebrenica genocide, Europe's worst massacre since World War II.
The family was torn apart when Damir and his father Kemal decided to separate and flee through the woods to the safe zone in Tuzla.
Thousands of other Bosnian men and boys also took flight through the area’s forests, hoping to evade Bosnian Serb paramilitaries.
For many, it was a doomed journey. About 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed after Bosnian Serb forces attacked the Srebrenica "safe area", despite the presence of Dutch troops tasked with acting as international peacekeepers.
Thousands of bodies were buried in mass graves or left in remote woods.
In July 2014, a Dutch court ordered the Netherlands to compensate the families of more than 300 Srebrenica victims, saying the peacekeepers should have known they would be killed.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency this week was Damir’s mother Hanija Suljic, who lost both her husband and son 22 years ago:
"Damir told his father: ‘Who knows what will happen to me?' He was crying and then said: ‘Do not leave my life in their [Bosnian Serb forces] hands'".
It is a sentence she says she will never forget.
Neither can she forget the moment Damir left their house: "He kissed me on the forehead. He was a very good son."
"He then left with his father and that was it. When we were moving on buses. We stopped at Kravica; we watched everything.
“My sister-in-law cried and said that she saw Damir and Kemal passing by. And I saw how they were going -- their hands were behind their heads," Hanija said.
It was to be the last time Hanija saw her son and husband.
Hanija, together with her 12-year-old son Bakir and two daughters, later made it to a UN-protected zone in Potocari.
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