Mevlija Smajić

Before the war, Mevlija Smajić (1954) lived in Pećište, a village near Potočari.

Her husband Mahmut (1950) was killed in the Srebrenica Genocide. Mahmut’s personal belongings were donated to the archive of the Srebrenica Memorial Center for permanent retention, including a photograph of his clothes, a wooden cigarette case he made himself, an ID card, and a military ID. Mevlija says that victims’ personal belongings should be exactly where their souls are – there in Srebrenica.

“I want our children and all visitors to be able to see what we went through, how many people were killed. That is the only truth, and that is why this is very important to me. “

Mevlija’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.