Hajrija Orić

Before the war, Hajrija Orić (b. 1955) lived with her family in Gornji Potočari. When they moved to Srebrenica in June 1992, they were horrified by the scenes and the life that awaited them.

After her husband Šahin (b. 1952) and son Elvir (b. 1976) fled Srebrenica, hoping to reach free territory, she never saw them again. Šahin’s body was found in the mass grave in Glogova in 2013, near Bratunac. Elvir’s body was found in the mass grave in Snagovo in 2008.

Hajrija says that after she dies, there will be no one left to take care of her son’s belongings, so she decided to donate them to the Srebrenica Memorial Center archives for permanent retention.

“This is how the memory of my Elvir will remain forever.”

Hajrija’s testimony was documented within the multimedia project, “Memento: Fragments of the Srebrenica Genocide,” which is produced by the Srebrenica Memorial Center and the Post-Conflict Research Center.