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Bosnian president calls floods ‘the worst thing’ country has faced since war

May 19th, 2014
02:41 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

The devastating floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina – and throughout the Balkans – are “the worst thing” the country has faced since its deadly civil war two decade ago, President Bakir Izetbegović told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

The cost of the damage will be measure in billions of euros, he told Amanpour.

“Hundreds of square kilometers [are] under water; in some parts, in some cities, in some villages in Northern Bosnia there is two or three meters of water,” he said. “So the rivers are out and now it looks like lakes.”

The flooding has already killed at least two dozen people in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Massive swaths of Croatia are also submerged.

Along with the damage and death caused by floods, many are also concerned about the deadly minefields left in place from the war.

“In this moment, there is still water, and still we cannot exactly say what happened with minefields,” President Izetbegović said. “But for sure they will be displaced. Also the warning marks are removed.”

Much of the system of warning signs that kept the country in perilous equilibrium with the mines has also been destroyed.

“People…do not think about the mines in this moment. Later, that problem will appear for sure.”

Bosnian president on devestating floods

Izetbegović praised the armed forces’ efforts to rescue the stranded, and said more than 3,000 had been airlifted by helicopter. More than 30,000 people have been displaced, he told Amanpour.

Bosnia’s neighbor, Serbia, has also been affected by the floods; the tensions between the countries have remained high since the ethnic cleansing of the 1990s.

“In this moment, everybody is helping each other, especially on this level of common people,” Izetbegović said.

Croats are helping Bosniacs, Bosniacs are helping Serbs, he said.

“This morning I had a phone call from Montenegro, I had phone call from Macedonia, from Slovenia and so on.”

“In this moment, we do not think about things that divide us, but actually everybody is trying to help.”


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  1. Jasmina Dobraca

    This suppose to be the matter of the catastrophe on Balkan's, not the war happens twenty years ago. We all whitenessed what happened in Yougoslavia at that time and whom "the" big world leaders chosen to be the usual suspect. This is not your private campaign against Serbia. At that time, no country was innocent, especially the master cheefs of the world who ruined our all countries for good probably. What you should wrote and note about are not some false data and recreation of history, instead is that must be said that floods created complet disastroph, chaos in Serbia, too. Not only people's lives are ones that we're talking about, enourmous number are left homeless also, infrastructure is immeasurable. Shame on you, you better do some real journalism, do some good job, rather than play the devil's lawyer. Novak Djokovic sends you his best reguards also, but probably know that. Oops

    May 19, 2014 at 6:10 pm | Reply
    • tina

      false data ?? how pathetic:(

      Great article!

      May 20, 2014 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • moi333

      Who cares about the Serbian stooge Djokovic.

      May 20, 2014 at 9:56 pm | Reply
      • Leonidas

        Who cares about WTRASH like you ?

        http://www.loonwatch.com/2011/12/we-re-at-war-and-we-have-been-since-1776/

        May 22, 2014 at 12:03 pm |
    • NotAmerican

      I see no campaigning aginst Serbia in this article. What are you talking about?

      May 21, 2014 at 1:45 am | Reply
      • Jasmina Dobraca

        It was in interview. If you'd watched it, you would probably know what I was talking about. The matter were floods, but what she was talking about conflicts happened 20 years ago, didn't remember to pull out some names. Natural catastrophe was just her opportunity to mention "bad" Serbs. Everyone from this region, who knows her career, would know exactly what I was talking about, and could reed between lines. Also, there are many of us, with mixed origin, but we don't just take sides on that, knowing exactly what happened when bad politics took stage. Floods are totally different matter. Help people, point on humanity in between, but that just don't make a person's career so important, right?

        May 31, 2014 at 5:04 am |
    • David

      No , this is not about the Balkans war, but it is fair to put the recent history into context, look at what the region has done during the past decade and from that understand that there are a lot of people throughout the world who, because of the corruption and arrogance of this region, are not placing this above other tragic situations going on in the world right now. There are ask of lot of us who want the region to put all of it's bragging into action and do something to help themselves rather than standing and demanding money from the rest of the world....which, by the way, they have already started to do.

      May 21, 2014 at 1:51 am | Reply
  2. Mary

    And climate change makes it steady path of destruction while we humans argue among ourselves.

    May 19, 2014 at 11:13 pm | Reply
    • Ron

      Yes, Mary, it is sad that we do not pay attention to the worst disaster in the history of the human race. Food prices will continue to climb as the weather gets more and more harsh and unpredictable, causing many more battles, revolts, and wars. And with the dying oceans as well... it looks very very bad for us all.

      May 20, 2014 at 1:16 am | Reply
    • T

      Yes. Good luck convincing people of that.

      May 21, 2014 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  3. Glyn

    I was in Sarajevo on many occasions during the conflict and saw first hand the body parts lying in the streets. It seems that 20 years on this is still the vision some "journalists" seem hell bent on recreating in peoples minds. Also, when you talk about a country you should refer generally to the "people" of that country and not the minority bunch of activists, armed bandits and politicians who were responsible for creating the mess in the first place. Take just the "people" of any race or religion in any country and the majority will happily sit down with those from neighboring countries to trade and cooperate. This though of course is not news and does nothing to support the armament industry and international bankers who now control the world bolstered by politicians with a direct vested interest in their profitability. Show me a Serb carrying a Muslim child through the floods and I will tell you that this same scenario will have been repeated many times by both "sides", but of course the likes of CNN will never publish pictures like this.

    May 20, 2014 at 2:04 am | Reply
    • NotAmerican

      UN imposed embargo on weapons sent to Yugoslavian theatre. Armament industry didn't earn anything at least initially. The result of embargo was that the Serbs/Yugoslavia had a fully functioning army that ranked in top 10 in the World at the time while the breakaway republics had only small firearms to fend off the increasingly Serbian and genocidal "federal" army.

      May 21, 2014 at 1:53 am | Reply
  4. moi333

    I cant see anything wrong with her style of journalism, I thought she covered the disaster unfolding in the Balkans adequately. She said its the worst disaster to hit that part of the world since the Serbs committed ethnic cleansing in the region, which it is. Whats wrong with stating the truth, do we have to deny what happened now? I think some people are being far too sensitive and just attacking this journalist for no reason.

    May 20, 2014 at 4:03 am | Reply
    • pera

      and you have been the witness of the ethnic cleansing??? first read some more sources, not only C.A.'s, and then come here again to give your comment..

      May 20, 2014 at 5:19 am | Reply
      • NotAmerican

        I have witnessed the refugees and I have talked to people that got out while their loved ones didn't. I have witnessed my Croatian neighbour break down after TV news showed her familly house burned, charred bodies of her parents and brothers infront of the house (victims of Serbian paramilitaries). I can never forget that yell of despair. I played with a Bosnian Muslim boy my age who had a scar along his head. He told me that he got hit by a shot from a nearby Serbian village while he played in the field. Who shoots a 10 year old kid in the head? After that his family decided to leave the country.
        I know survivors of Vukovar and survivors of the siege of Sarajevo and I believe that they speak the truth. So don't go around denying Serbian war crimes.

        May 21, 2014 at 2:07 am |
    • Nikola Tesla

      Alija Izetbegovic was in prison for jihadist ideas before war started in former Yugoslavia. That is the known fact and he wanted jihadist state. You can have it but without Republic Srpska. Time will tell who was right but chances are that Srebrenica was given away by Alija Izetbegovic. He considered them the biggest traitors of his jihad..

      May 23, 2014 at 3:32 am | Reply
      • Bosnian

        Oh, really, jihad state? So why did Serbian nationalists put up effort to pul out Alija Izetbegović out of jail?

        Vojislav Šešelj, Dobrica Ćosić, Nenad Kecmanović? All members of Serbian Academy of Science. Did you know about that? And did you know that no one was in prison because they were traitors?

        Did you know that Bosnian army killed their renegade commander, Mušan Topalović, because of killing innocent Serbs? I don't remember Serbs did anything similar. They've even hide their war criminals... Why did the hide? Because they are innocent? Who was hiding of the Bosnian Army?

        You speak rubbish... And everything I said is easy to google...

        May 23, 2014 at 5:32 am |
      • Nikola Tesla

        @Bosnian I can see that your EDUCATION is based on Google. Spend more time in school. I would recommend you to find definition of RACIST which you called me. It does not make any sense. Do not use words that you do not understand. Because you are so good at researching here. is one word to research KAZANI.

        May 23, 2014 at 5:45 am |
      • Bosnian

        @Nikola Tesla, Google is for the other people, for people who's reading our comments. I don't need this. I speak from my EXPIRIENCE.

        Your education is questionable, because, that rouge commander, Mušan Topalović, is the one that is responsible for KAZANI. So, I already mention that, and you tell I should read about it... LOL.

        Of course you're racist. You speak about jihad with disgusting, you speak about people of Srebrenica like they are rats... Something like, well, we killed them, so Bosnian's didn't have to... Why? Because of muslim element, because to Serbs, Muslims in Bosnia, who are Slavs, are still foreign body. Every mention of jihad, islam, mosque is supposed to provoke disgust... Because it reminds you of dirty Turks. Dirty Muslims. Balije.

        You're not fascist. You're Nazzi. Like Aleksandar Vučić who once told that Serbs should kill 100 Muslims for one Serb. Same pattern Germans did in WW2 in Kragujevac.

        May 23, 2014 at 6:04 am |
  5. Darko

    All world news waiting 6 days to report disaster in our contries!!!Novak Djokovic plays tenis in Rome and he said about world news are not talk about cataclysmic rains in balcans!!!After hes words all media in world start report!

    May 20, 2014 at 4:57 am | Reply
    • moi333

      Who cares about DJokovic, everyone knows he just propagates Serbian propaganda. Many independent witnesses of the atrocities committed in Srebrenica and Vukovar. This is well reported and published. Just google Serbia-Srebrenica-genocide

      May 20, 2014 at 7:49 am | Reply
      • banjola

        yoooou stupid man!

        May 20, 2014 at 1:35 pm |
      • Arnno

        Get real education! Google is for lasy people. Everybody knows in Srebrenics were Serbs victims too, so keep your lies for your mujahedin friends. Hope those countries affected by floods will find a way to help each other

        May 21, 2014 at 3:32 pm |
      • Leonidas

        http://www.loonwatch.com/2011/12/we-re-at-war-and-we-have-been-since-1776/

        May 22, 2014 at 11:49 am |
      • Nikola Tesla

        Are you talking about Srebrenica again? The truth is that all the people that were killed in Srebrenica were grown men who were not fighting in the Bosnian Army. They did not want to fight. They were hiding behind the UNPROFOR. If Serbs did not kill them Alija Izetbegovic would for treason!!! You want united Bosnia today!!! How stupid. If Yugoslavia did not survive, Bosnia won't for sure. You know why...? Because represents small Yugoslavia and you can not force almost 40% of people to be part of it.

        May 23, 2014 at 12:31 am |
      • Bosnian

        @Nikola Tesla, So we can say that Serbs are good guys because they've killed 8000 men, instead of legal forces of Bosnia? You understand how that sound? You understand that you try to justify killings? Even if they soldiers, it's killing 8000 prisoners. But they wasn't soldiers. They were in siege for 4 years. They even hadn't enough salt to consume, so they were loosing their nails... Not to mantion how they could be soldiers without even proper food, not to mention guns and logistics.

        And about Alija Izetbegović, you should build him a monument, because he made Serb army a legal force. What about Tomašica? If that's ok, why Serbs were hiding mass grave? Actually they've tried to relocate it... They've digging with industrial machines, so mothers find their children's bones on three or four locations. If it's ok to kill, why mass graves were hidden, and still, there is more to find?

        Plainly, you're fascist and racist.

        May 23, 2014 at 2:57 am |
  6. Citizen

    First of all, Bakir Izetbegović is only one of the presidents of Bosna & Herzegovina. There are 3 of them, he's representative of Muslims in B&H, Željko Komšić (representative of Croats) and Nebojša Radmanović (representative of Serbs). People just don't understand, we are non-stop in crisis and only reason that B&H is in problems is politics of our leaders... "common citizens" are here to help each other and not to fight and argue, current situation has showed that. Now, no one asks who's Croat, Serb or Muslim... we are all the same...
    who's interested there is live feed from national television, RTRS ( http://www.rtrs.tv/program/uzivo.php?c=1 ), and BHT1 ( http://www.bhrt.ba/bht1-uzivo/ )...

    May 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm | Reply
    • moi333

      Yeah that's great, until one of your crazy leaders riles up the masses again and then neighbour starts killing neighbour all over again. that region is a joke.

      May 20, 2014 at 9:52 pm | Reply
      • Only one

        Shut up,you don't know anything about that

        May 20, 2014 at 10:30 pm |
  7. Dino Buric

    It is a disaster for sure. The good part is that we have people who are willing to assist. We have initiated donation fund to assist with basic needs. If you are willing to help, please visit http://www.gofundme.com/2xjm3w and donate what you can. Every dollar can buy a bottle or 2 of water at least.
    thanks you

    May 20, 2014 at 1:12 pm | Reply
    • David

      Before you suggest people with good will giving donations, please also highlight that the Balkans are an incredibly corrupt region where most of the aid given over the past decade has gone into the pockets of corrupt people. I have lived in the region for years and will not give a euro. I have encourage my friends to think twice before giving. Let the Balkans figure this one out on their own. And for that matter, how does anyone know that donations to your organization won't go to fund your nice new BMW SUV????

      May 21, 2014 at 1:29 am | Reply
  8. Tanja

    You can delete my post, but still You can not delete the fact that You are the worst journalist ever CA!
    Do You think that it is correct to influence the world opinion with false data 20 years long? To be one-sided? Not to be objective? To try to change the history?
    What does flood in common with the Balkan`s civil war? Tendentious journalism again and again...
    Who are You to do that CA? Shame on You!!!

    May 20, 2014 at 4:19 pm | Reply
    • maya

      Ne seri Tanja. Dobro znas da je Srbija pocinila zlocin. Sta se desilo sa 10 000 Srebrenicana? Da ih nisu otei vanzemaljci. Da ne pominjem ostale gradove, a posebno koljaca Arkana i slicne. Trazis objektivnost, a ti prva nisi objektivna.

      May 22, 2014 at 8:42 pm | Reply
      • Leonidas

        Kretenko ajd ne seri vec pricaj o realnim faktima. Prvo sto ne spomenes koliko je Srba ubijeno od Kazana do sela pocevsi od Kravice do svih ostalih. Sto bi jedan moj drug musliman rekao da smo imali vise oruzja mi bi vas vise pobili. Niko ne kaze da je srebrenica bila nesto sto je uredu. Naravno da nije. O tome ste trebali misliti kad ste po Sarajevu vezivali sahovnice i zelene zastave. I eto sad ste svi happy imate svoje drzave gdje vam se mozak ispira sa muslimanstvom i Srebrenicom. A i da nema Srba opet bi pobili sa Hrvatima. Sve vec odavno vidjeno. Al glupost nikako da vam otvori oci.

        May 23, 2014 at 12:10 pm |
  9. Albina

    I am pleading to all the people to please help the victims of the flood.....You can visit this website to donate http://www.gofundme.com/98iwck

    May 20, 2014 at 5:09 pm | Reply
    • David

      But do some research before opening your wallet. Serbia and others in region are consistently listed as among the most corrupt and least transparent in the world and have a huge way to go before co,ing anywhere near European standards. Give if you want, but also realize that your donation will probably not end up anywhere near a person who needs it. Serbia has wasted millions of tax payer money over the past decade and has already started announcing that they will need hundreds of millions more....even before the flooding has ended?!?!? How can they know that unless they are simply gearing up for yet another campaign to take European money. Give if you want, but at least be aware.

      May 21, 2014 at 1:34 am | Reply
  10. Colin Oskapy

    Yes, well, wars invariably involve the worst flooding.

    May 20, 2014 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  11. KevinG

    I find it funny how all of the Serbs come on here to deny various war crimes they committed when the article doesn't even mention them. Pathetic. You guys killed a lot of innocent people. It happened. We all know you did it. Your wasting your time.

    my heart goes to the people in Bosnia and all over the Balkan. Hopefully they can overcome this.

    May 20, 2014 at 8:28 pm | Reply
    • David

      Let's give them some space to deal with their past, the landline fiasco, and these floods on their own. We don't need to jump in and try to fix every single problem, especially in a region that has shown no appreciation for the hundreds of millions Europe and the us has poured into the region during the past decade.....and then turned around and spit on us. Let things settle and let them act like adults for once instead of automatically assuming the world will fix this for them

      May 21, 2014 at 1:39 am | Reply
    • Marc NYC

      Guys, guys, whoever is getting all riled up about this ancient history c**p – take it from an American – this is nothing to be worried about. This article is nothing other then an ad, that is what CNN "journalism" is all about. Well CNN/MSNBC/FOX and all the bigger media houses out there, too.

      Now, if you are not happy, ask around about the rate, pay up, and you'll have a far better experience. Why so serious? Nobody reads this junk anyway except the 0.00001% of Americans that are still interested in anything other then latest celebrity nip-slip. And among those, there are not a lot with brains, they are mostly zombies that believe anything mass-media says, just like Guy Debord once described his "Society of Spectacle" will look like.

      Look, you can tell these dudes easily – they all "know" what happened. I mean, I don't have a clue, and I really don't give a damn. I know you guys were slaughtering each other for a 100 years, and that you still would if you had a chance, and it's cool that you are actually rallying around a common cause for a change. It seems that it works better then slaughter.

      But that's how most of us here are, sorry about that. We only for reals care about things that bother us immediately, as a rule. C'mon, move on, don't fall into a trap of a few trolls. They're all probably from your region anyway.

      May 21, 2014 at 2:03 pm | Reply
    • Leonidas

      It is not about denying anything. It was civil war happen in Balkans. That is something your Anglo-Saxon-Jewish propaganda did not present. Do you know why ? Since existence your economy was based on wars and killings and now you judge someone. Here is something you should read.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasenovac_concentration_camp

      May 22, 2014 at 11:44 am | Reply
    • Leonidas

      Speaking about war crimes. http://www.loonwatch.com/2011/12/we-re-at-war-and-we-have-been-since-1776/

      May 22, 2014 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • Nikola Tesla

      @ Kevin G. You are Bosnian Muslim. Do not hide behind the Christian name!!!

      May 24, 2014 at 4:40 am | Reply
  12. Sunny

    Many more Interesting & Eye-opening articles to read...

    1) http://humansarefree.com/
    2) http://cosmicconvergence.org/

    May 21, 2014 at 12:47 am | Reply
  13. D.Bose

    This called KARMA.
    20 years ago, these people imported 20,000 strong Arab terrorists trainned in Pakistan and armed by Turkey to kill the Christians in Bosnia to provoke retaliatory attacks from the Serbians. They, instigated by Pakistan, got rid of the Commander of the UN Peace Keeping Force, General Satish Nambiar from India, and brought in the British-Dutch Army and NATO. That had destroyed Yugoslavia a prosperous country as a major touristic destination. Kosovo was created by Bill Clinton by bombing Serbian infrastructure.
    Now you pay the price..
    Ask Ben Laden to give you the money for your relief.

    May 21, 2014 at 3:08 am | Reply
    • Bosnian

      Yeah, it is true... But what's with Obrenovac? Where are those Arab terrorists who displeased gods of KARMA? Something's rotten here...

      May 21, 2014 at 7:36 am | Reply
      • Leonidas

        Shut up Bosnian. Now instead of Serbs you get Albanians and Muslims from Sandzak in your towns. Croats get Herzegovians and Serbs left. And everybody is happy isn't it ?

        May 22, 2014 at 11:54 am |
      • Bosnian

        @Leonidas, Why did Serbs left Sarajevo? I remeber them saying: we won't leave anything to Muslims (or Turks, the way they like to say) Even our dead. So they didn't. And they left.

        No one was them forcing to leave. That was AFTER war, AFTER peace treaty, AFTER Dayton agreement. They left, because of hate. Because they hate Sarajevo, because they didn't want to live with Sarajevo people, although they've killed 11.000 people. Including 1500 of children...

        Each chair is for dead human being in Sarajevo

        Bur for Serbs, on the hills around Sarajevo, Muslims werent humans...

        May 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm |
      • Leonidas

        Bosnian let me tell you something. Stop spreading lies around. I am Serb from Sarajevo. So all those stories you can tell to someone else. I did witness Muslims or to be exact converts calling us names like Chetniks, Vlasi etc. Calling for arms. We as Serbs did not want to live in city where you see Sahovnica ( Croatian fleg joined with green Turkish flag) so I was wondering what did those 2 flags doing together. Why don't you speak about Mostar that was destroyed as much as Vukovar. Is that again Serbian fault ??. It is easy to explain you did not want to live in Srboslavia thats how you called rest of Former Yugoslavia and we did not want to live in Teheran simple as that. Srebrenica is something that should not happen. But also many Serbian villages did not have one person alive after so called Bosnian army entered in. So now when eveyone left are you happy with what you get ? people from Sandzak and Albanians ? How long you will talk Srebrenica and Muslim ting ?? Once Otoman epire was gone what was you thinking will be faith of converts like you ? Imagine you was on other side ? Mu advice just don't be uneducated and someone who hates

        May 23, 2014 at 12:07 pm |
    • Arnno

      True! Unlike most of Americans, most of Europeans are not so illiterate over their history and muslim element in our continent. Everything you said was TRUE! That is how muslims in the Balkan are trying to make us beleive in their lies over Kosovo, 8.000 muslim viczims in Srebreniza

      May 21, 2014 at 9:54 am | Reply
      • Bosnian

        Yeah, and Mladic and Karadzic are actually humanitarians, for sure...

        May 21, 2014 at 5:42 pm |
      • Leonidas

        No actually Bosnian I think Izetbegovic is ready for Nobel pize LOL LOL

        May 22, 2014 at 11:56 am |
      • Bosnian

        @Leonidas, He also hadn't been most wanted war criminal. Unlike Serb leaders... Karadžić, leader of Bosnian Serbs, Mladić, general of Bosnian Serbs, Milošević, president of Serbia, Milan Martić, leader of Croatian Serbs, majority of generals of Serb army in Bosnia etc...

        They are accused and prosecuted for genocide, ethnic celansing (mild variation of genocide, really), mass rape... Each of these crimes was not possible without huge organisation, that included thousands of people. For other's, read about Tomašica, to realise scale of attrocity.

        On the other hand, few Bosnian officials were prosecuted for not taking legal actions for some individual war crimes.

        May 22, 2014 at 6:10 pm |
    • Leonidas

      All true. And again double standards imposed by USA.

      May 23, 2014 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  14. Srdjan

    Serbia floods aerial video...
    In left corner you can see the names of the places...

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cK1OBD1hLWk&w=640&h=390]

    May 21, 2014 at 6:13 am | Reply
  15. Srdjan

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27459184

    May 21, 2014 at 6:25 am | Reply
  16. Zoran

    Floods are the most affected Serbian Republic (which accounts for nearly half of Bosnia). And it's a paradox that CNN calls Bakir Izetbegovic to talk about the suffering of the Serbian people. Father Bakir Izetbegovic, the leader of the Bosniak people from coming to power in 1991. 1995. During the war in BiH is committed genocide against Serbs in the Federation of BiH (Bosnia second half), and it proved the last census. Only in the capital Sarajevo, BiH, Alija Izetbegovic was killed and expelled over 150 000 Serbs. Serbs are not allowed even to come up with the rest of their relatives, even 19 years after the war. Nobody ever for mass crimes against the Serbian people did not respond. Unfortunately for many countries in the Western world extermination of Serbs is not a war crime.

    May 21, 2014 at 8:43 am | Reply
    • Bosnian

      Why do you spread obvious lies? When did Serbs left Sarajevo? In February and March 1996. Actually they were AROUND Sarajevo, and they were holding it in siege. Remember the siege? AFTER Dayton treaty, territories around Sarajevo were affiliatied to Sarajevo Canton. And Serbs left, AFTER signed peace. How is it possible to commit genocide after peace treaty? How, Zoran?

      And Bakir Izetbegović is opportunist, and not liked except to supporters of his party. He was never on the front line, he never did anything useful for the state... He's parasite.

      May 23, 2014 at 7:25 am | Reply
      • Leonidas

        Bosnian let me tell you something. Stop spreading lies around. I am Serb from Sarajevo. So all those stories you can tell to someone else. I did witness Muslims or to be exact converts calling us names like Chetniks, Vlasi etc. Calling for arms. We as Serbs did not want to live in city where you see Sahovnica ( Croatian fleg joined with green Turkish flag) so I was wondering what did those 2 flags doing together. Why don't you speak about Mostar that was destroyed as much as Vukovar. Is that again Serbian fault ??. It is easy to explain you did not want to live in Srboslavia thats how you called rest of Former Yugoslavia and we did not want to live in Teheran simple as that. Srebrenica is something that should not happen. But also many Serbian villages did not have one person alive after so called Bosnian army entered in. So now when eveyone left are you happy with what you get ? people from Sandzak and Albanians ? How long you will talk Srebrenica and Muslim ting ?? Once Otoman epire was gone what was you thinking will be faith of converts like you ? Imagine you was on other side ? Mu advice just don't be uneducated and someone who hates

        May 23, 2014 at 12:01 pm |
      • Leonidas

        As my Muslim friend from Sarajevo member of Bosnian Army said. You had more weapons and killed more of us if we did we will kill more of you. That was first truth I did hear in my life.

        May 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm |
  17. Dalibor

    Svi svjetski mediji izvjestavaju pogresno.Ja sam iz Bosne i znam sta se desava ovdje.Ovdje je velika katastrofa zadesila narod.Ljudi pomazu jedni drugima bez obzira na vjeru i naciju.Gledaju se svi kao ljudi i nista drugo.Nije sada ni vrijeme ni mjesto za razgovaranje o ratu.Sada je najbitnija stvar da se svi drzimo zajedno i ne samo sada nego i u buducnosti.Na taj nacin mozemo da stvorimo drzavu u kojoj cemo zivjeti,i mi i nasa djeca.Nazalost pa je se desio,bilo i neponovilo se vise nikada.Samo budale i vjerski fanatici jos sire mrznju i prave razlike i razdore izmedju ljudi.Po meni postoje dvije vrste ljudi dobri i losi.Niko,nikome nemoze oduzeti ni osporiti ono sto je i kojem se Bogu moli.Samo trebamo da sirimo mir i ljubav i mozemo ocekivati lijepu buducnost.A,ne mrznju na bilo kojoj socijalnoj mrezi,forumu itd. samo se pljuje jedni po drugim,siri se mrznja do kada vise.Okrenimo se jedni drugima a,ne jedni protiv drugih.Ono sto se desilo netreba zaboraviti a,ne treba ni dozvoliti da se ponovo desi.Treba da nam bude podsjetnik ne samo nama nego citavom svijetu sta je rat i sta nam je donio.Gledajmo kako cemo nahraniti,obuci,pruziti smjestaj i sve sto je potrebno ljudima koji su ostali bez krova nad glavom.Najgore nam dolazi sada poslje povlacenja vode.Najezde stetocina,poskupljenja,bolesti.Mrznja nam nece pomoci nego sloga.VELIKI POZDRAV ZA SVE DOBRE LJUDE SIROM SVJETA

    May 21, 2014 at 9:04 am | Reply
    • Sabrina

      Bravo, lijepo rečeno.

      May 21, 2014 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  18. Anna

    CNN as well as many international media is reporting false facts. I;m living in the region and it is fortunate that little people do visit this page because haters be hating is last thing we need, reglardless which "side" you think you are supporting. This is a major disaster of epic proportios. People in Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia are helping eachother regardless of religion or war history two decades ago. At least the region is united in times of great need. So this is not the time or the place to discuss war if there's any humanity left, and CNN milking that story and publishing deliberately modified information (having flood and 1990's war in the same sentence) just to sell more ad space is not helping at all.

    May 21, 2014 at 9:13 am | Reply
  19. zimba

    There are way more casualties but are not being reported. They dont want to cause panic. But in doboj alone, there are 150 dead people. The smell of death is unbearable.

    May 21, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  20. A H

    It's just so crazy that whatever happens in Balkan territory, somehow story always falls back on the war in 1990s. Mother Nature made this flood and when people talk about KARMA-please learn what that really means before using it in this situation. In situations like this, help is needed and it doesn't matter whether you are Bosnian, Serb or Croatian.

    May 21, 2014 at 5:15 pm | Reply
    • David

      Well, let's just hope that Bosnian, Croatians and Serbs help each other and don't ask the international community for aid...let's break this cycle of the Balkans just sitting back and expecting others to fix their problems.

      May 22, 2014 at 2:03 am | Reply
      • Leonidas

        Others David did create this mess in Balkans, check who bellow.

        http://www.loonwatch.com/2011/12/we-re-at-war-and-we-have-been-since-1776/

        May 22, 2014 at 11:58 am |
  21. Nikola Tesla

    @ Bosnian This massage up there is for You!!! Truly Yours Nikola

    May 23, 2014 at 3:34 am | Reply
  22. Nikola Tesla

    @ Bosnian You really need to go back to school. Your English writing is not GOOD. You talk from your own experience/ I do not think so. Guess what?!!!! After September 11. Americans now who you are and what do you want. Sorry buddy it does not work anymore. I did not call you BALIJA or dirty Turk. You called yourself like that. Again go and research word RACIST-A person who does discriminate against people because of their skin color. You have the same skin color like I do. You are Slavic like I am. The only difference is that Suleiman and his bandits came to Balkans and converted your great grandfather to Islam!!! DEAL with it!!!

    May 23, 2014 at 6:20 am | Reply
    • Bosnian

      English is not my native. So?

      Sulejman? Or Mehmed Fatih maybe? They didn't convert anyone, my grandafather took Islam. My grandfather could be chatolic, or bosnian christian. Orthodox couldn't, guess why? There wasn't a lot orthodox in Bosnia before Otoman invasion. Merely in eastern Bosnia.

      Yup, you are racist. Like everyone who supports idiotic claims about false report of genocide in Srebrenica. Because you don't look at color of the skin, you look through myths about people who left their religion and took foreign one. But you obviosly hate Islam, like religion of dominantly people of darker skin.

      And really, I don't care what do you think. You're brainwashed, so I don't think I can change your mind. I just respond to false claims...

      May 23, 2014 at 7:41 am | Reply
      • Leonidas

        Bosnian let me tell you something. Stop spreading lies around. I am Serb from Sarajevo. So all those stories you can tell to someone else. I did witness Muslims or to be exact converts calling us names like Chetniks, Vlasi etc. Calling for arms. We as Serbs did not want to live in city where you see Sahovnica ( Croatian fleg joined with green Turkish flag) so I was wondering what did those 2 flags doing together. Why don't you speak about Mostar that was destroyed as much as Vukovar. Is that again Serbian fault ??. It is easy to explain you did not want to live in Srboslavia thats how you called rest of Former Yugoslavia and we did not want to live in Teheran simple as that. Srebrenica is something that should not happen. But also many Serbian villages did not have one person alive after so called Bosnian army entered in. So now when eveyone left are you happy with what you get ? people from Sandzak and Albanians ? How long you will talk Srebrenica and Muslim ting ?? Once Otoman epire was gone what was you thinking will be faith of converts like you ? Imagine you was on other side ? Mu advice just don't be uneducated and someone who hates

        May 23, 2014 at 12:04 pm |
      • Nikola Tesla

        HA !!! HA!!! Truth hurts!!! Did I upsett you ?!!!

        May 23, 2014 at 12:31 pm |
    • Bosnian

      Not sure if I already sent another message... Anyhow

      http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/10/22/uk-bosnia-grave-idUKBRE99L0XI20131022

      All lies... Riiiiiight.

      Did Slovenians, Croatians, Macedonians wanted jihad state? Why did they left Yugoslavia? They didn't afraid of Serbian hegomony? Riiiight...

      @Nikola Tesla, you only proved that you are grammar nazzi. Fits to your profile. You two can't upset me.🙂 I see your kind every day, I know how to deal with you. See, you two first started talking about "lies" in Srebrenica, not me.

      Enjoy in your pitiful existence🙂 :*

      May 23, 2014 at 2:22 pm | Reply
      • Nikola Tesla

        Ha!!! Ha!!!Enjoy!!!

        May 23, 2014 at 5:58 pm |
  23. S.M

    A video of a town in Bosnia after the floods: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MehfX7_WO30
    Now all of the infrastructure seems gone, everythings since the war is nullified.

    May 23, 2014 at 9:21 am | Reply
  24. Croatian

    Sad to see you all talk about politic, pointing fingers who to blame Serb croat Bosnian, yet people are suffering and you all just ignore and talk about past. Did we all get together on 9/11 all helping eachother and not pointing fingers or talking about stupidity. Stop for a moment talking about your stupidity but either say something normal or don't say a word as our people are dying slowly, no matter Muslim Croat American, we are all humans, we all bleed hurt and feel same way. Forget about past but contetrate on today now Balkan what they r going through and help and prayers they need, and not ur stupidity of politics war blaming this side that side. Shame on you. You all would be thinking differently if ur own country is going through same thing. But don't matter we Bosnians Serbs and Croatians are strong in time we will be what we were yesterday or even better, as it already is bringing us together

    May 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm | Reply

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