25 years ago, in the municipality of Prijedor, Serb forces ‘ethnically cleansed’ the town of Kozarac, destroying all Bosniak houses, leaving just the Serb buildings standing.
Men, women and children who were either Bosniak or Croat were sent to concentration camps where many were killed, tortured or raped.
The town was left in rubble, whilst many of those who survived fled to neighbouring European countries to seek refuge as the Bosnian war finished. Now, 25 years on, the town has rebuilt itself to become one of the more successful towns who were heavily inflicted in this mass genocide.
The Kozarac diaspora return every summer, but during off-season, only the real locals reside.
In November, Liam Baldock travelled to Bosnia to visit Kozarac, and meet these incredible people to hear their story on how they managed to rebuild this charming community and most importantly their home.
Rebuilding Kozarac focuses on the aftermath of the war, with small anecdotes throughout – hopefully, this will provide a light to those whose success stories haven’t been told.
To follow my production blog > Rebuilding Kozarac
To follow the documentary’s Twitter > @RebuildingKZRC