Refugees Find Peace, But Worry and Sadness Linger With PM-Yugoslavia, Bjt
SPLIT, Croatia (AP) _ ″I’m happy only because I took my children out of hell,″ says mother Borislava Karadeglija, among 300 women and children who Serb forces allowed to slip through their siege of Sarajevo.
″I left my husband, my mother and my father, so I can’t enjoy this peace,″ she said as five buses arrived in this Adriatic port city Thursday after a 30-hour journey.
Struggling with the few bags and toys they brought along for the bone- jarring bus ride through western Bosnia, the refugees immediately boarded a ferry for an overnight ride to Rijeka, farther up the Croatian coast.
From Rijeka, the women and kids were to disperse to Denmark, Austria, Germany and other countries, adding to what is the largest flow of refugees in Europe since World War II.
Enver Malagic, an official of the Children’s Embassy, the Sarajevo-based charity that sponsored the evacuation, said the buses crossed 100 barricades during their trip, but without incident.
Serb forces have besieged Sarajevo for months. An agreement was struck on Tuesday permitting women and children to leave the city. The group that arrived in Split on Thursday was the first to leave under that accord.
Malagic said he hoped another group could leave in two weeks.
Anja, Mrs. Karadeglija’s 7-year-old daughter with big brown eyes and brown hair, said she was lonely at first on the trip because she had no friends. But then she found 8-year-old Nerma and 11-year-old Velma Vukas.
She looked forward to meeting her cousins in Rijeka and going to the beach.
Mrs. Karadeglija, who also had her 14-month-old son Stanko to worry about, had mixed feelings about the venture. She said she was afraid for her loved ones still in Sarajevo.
″I also have a little bit of a guilty conscience because I left them behind,″ she said.
Amina Dilberovic, 17, who with her 20-year-old sister and mother was on her way to Copenhagen, wondered whether she would ever see her father, boyfriend and the many other friends she left behind.
″I don’t know whether they will be wounded, or even alive,″ she said.
″People don’t understand what this is like. They watch what is going on in Sarajevo, but they can turn off the TV and have a nice dinner. We can’t.