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'My two children were clinging to me and I was forced to leave them. What makes the ordeal of the Kalinovik women so important, however, is the extraordinary detail which is emerging of their mistreatment.
They thought I was going to be killed.' Ziba and 11 other young women - the youngest, Sanela, was only 16 - were driven to Kalinovik's only hotel. After the food they told us to go with them to the rooms. Senad Saric, a gynaecologist from Gacko who has performed seven abortions on the survivors, has compiled a complete list of the names and ages of all the raped women along with those of five girls who were taken away by the Serbs and apparently forced to work as prostitutes. Survivors, living now in shell-damaged buildings in Jablanica and in the ruined city of Mostar on the Neretva river, have also recorded the names of young men who were brutally murdered in their presence and of the fate of at least 71 other women who were machine- gunned to death in a neighbouring village.
She was only 17.' Ziba watched the other four being led from the gymnasium next morning; one of them had been kicked awake by a guard. All we heard afterwards was that they had been taken to a brothel in Foca.' Amna was 16, Suada 20. Almasa's mother, who was also raped, received a scribbled note from her daughter three weeks later. One of the latter, a veterinary surgeon named Suad Hasanbegovic, was repeatedly beaten by two guards nicknamed Bele and Mika.
'They took Amela Greljo and her sister Jasmina and Amna Kovac and Suada Prguda. The women later saw him dragged to the wash room where, they say, he was drowned in a toilet bowl.
The women have also been able to name some of their Serbian tormentors, all of whom belonged to the 'White Eagles' of Vojislav Seselj, identified as a war criminal by Washington but whose Serbian Radical Party gained a dramatic success in the December elections in Serbia.
Many of the children who were held in Kalinovik are still traumatised by their experience.
As word of the killings spread to the nearby villages of Basici, Drugovici and Bahori, thousands of Muslim men and women fled in terror to the forests of the Zelengora mountains to the north.
According to five of the women, the leading rapist was called Bijelica; he was aged around 45 and came from Kalinovik. 'The worst was Pero Elez from Miljovina,' said Emira.THE WORST moment in Ziba's life occurred when a dozen drunken Serbian militiamen stormed into the school gymnasium in which she and more than 100 other young Muslim women were being held along with their infant children.'They came in with guns and grenades and they screamed at us,' Ziba's friend Emira recalls. Then they took me out and put me with the other women who had been brought back from the rooms.Five of the women, including Ziba, were from the eastern Bosnian town of Gacko, the rest from Kalinovik itself. They say that the local Serbian police in Kalinovik knew of the rapes and murders but made no attempt to help them.'They made us clean the rooms in the hotel, made us wash the floors then they gave us food at some tables,' Ziba recalls. At least one of the Kalinovik inmates kept a secret diary in which she recorded each day the humiliations heaped upon the Muslim women.