Suljo Čakanović

The village of Budak is the place where Suljo Čakanović (b. 1966) lived with his wife and worked as a medical worker before the war.

One of the moments he remembers most from his six-day struggle to reach free territory on the Death March is the capture of the commander of the Army of Republika Srpska.

“How they killed – slaughtered – our civilians and we took their high-ranking officer away without any injuries.”

His brother Salem (b. 1960) and son-in-law Fikret Osmanović (b. 1964) were killed in the Genocide. The letters that Fikret sent to Suljo’s sister in Tuzla were donated by Suljo to the archives of the Srebrenica Memorial Center for permanent retention.

“Those letters are his last words to us.”

Suljo’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.