Bosnian civilian student living in Sarajevo, Bosnia, during Yugloslav civil war, 1991-1993. Escaped to GB, Mar/1993
REEL 1 Aspects of family and educational background. Recollections of life in Sarajevo, Bosnia: cosmopolitan nature of Bosnia and Sarajevo; non-religious Muslim family; question of portrayal of religious dimension of Bosnian conflict by Western media; lack of ethnic divisions pre-war; question of national identity; reaction to events in Soviet Union, late 1980s; reaction to Slovenia and Croatia's calls for independence, 1991; beginning of Yugoslav civil war; domination of army by Serbs; question of women in the military forces; description of Chetniks; Serb nationalism; question of war aims; beginning of war in Bosnia.
REEL 2 Continues: witnessing first shots of war in Sarajevo; death of young Croatian refugee medical student; snipers; 5th column operating in Sarajevo; attitude towards 5th column; shelling of maternity hospital; organisation of a Bosnian army and difficulties faced; leaders in Bosnia, Izbegovic, Karadzic and Boban; opinion of Karadzic; opinion of Boban; role of Milosovic; Croatian Muslim relations; cooperation between Croatians and Serbs; question of weapons embargo.
REEL 3 Continues: question of revenge and retribution; Serbian attitude towards international opinion; question of arms embargo; attitude towards Vance/Owen Peace Plan; question of ethnic cleansing; description of Musakadic family; reaction to bombing and shelling of Sarajevo; impact of war on family; adjusting to wartime life; working at International Peace Centre; food shortages; arrival of humanitarian aid; psychological impact of war; work of International Peace Centre; work with Peace Centre; provision of education during war.
REEL 4 Continues: impact of war on her generation; reaction to death of close male friend; difficulties obtaining water; massacre witnessed by her brother and sister at water point; impact of bread queue massacre; question of perpetrators of bread queue massacre; defending anti-Serb position at Oxford meeting, spring/1993; work gathering statements relating to war crimes for Peace Centre; difficulties reading/hearing about atrocities; rapes of women; problems with number of unwanted children; story of how neighbours turned against each other during war; story of Serb who helped Muslim neighbours; question of rape of children; psychological impact of war.
REEL 5 Continues: question of 'concentration camps'; question of atrocities; war devastation of Sarajevo; description of pre-war Sarajevo; cultural loss in Sarajevo; use of trees for fuel; question of whether war criminals will be brought to justice; role of United Nations in Sarajevo; attitude of people of Sarajevo towards UN; question of military intervention; decision to leave Sarajevo with help of journalist, Christian Marechal; attitude towards leaving.
REEL 6 Recollections of life in GB, 1993: reaction to leaving family; attitude of British people towards her; difficulties of adapting to life in Britain; reaction to seeing/hearing news of war; desire to continue with studies in GB; lack of communication with family; fears for safety of family; participating in lecture tours with National Peace Council; Jewish population in Sarajevo; lessons learnt from war experience; attitude towards possible solution to conflict in Bosnia.