Bradina is a village in Bosnia, about 45 minutes’ drive southwest of Sarajevo. It is not famous for anything, but at least notorious for something, even if the place cannot help it: Ante Pavelić was born in Bradina in 1889, the later Croatian fascist leader and mass murderer, who died in exile in Spain in 1959. In addition, at the beginning of the Bosnian War in May 1992, the village was the scene of a massacre in which several dozen Bosnian Serb civilians were murdered by Croatian and Muslim troops.
Correspondent for Southeast European countries based in Vienna.
As of this week, there has been a third event related to the location: after it became known that the government in Sarajevo wanted to house a few hundred migrants in a barracks area in the village, people in Bradina took to the streets and protested. The foreigners will not be allowed to settle in their place, they said. Your threat must have been credible, because the government finally abandoned its plans. The migrants affected – mainly men from South Asia – have been wandering around in a country they don’t want.
Her odyssey began in the Lipa camp in the north-west of the country. It had been cleared a few days ago by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) because it was not considered winter-proof. In the course of the evacuation, some men set their tents on fire in the camp at an altitude of around 800 meters. Large parts of the camp were destroyed. The government in Sarajevo planned to house the migrants in a hall in the center of the nearby city of Bihać. Up to 2000 people could have found temporary accommodation there. But there was resistance in Bihać. People demonstrated. Not with us, was the slogan of the protests.