(SERBIA) Bozina Tosovic (b.1969) with his daughter Bojana a few months before they were both killed in a cluster attack in Merdare in the municipality of Kursumlija, Serbia the night between April 11 and 12, 1999. (Photo: Private)
Bozina, a farmer from Merdare, and his wife Marija (b. 1975) were awoken by the detonations and ran out of the house in the direction of the shelter, some 200m from the house. They were intercepted by the “cluster rain”, as Marija remembers it. Bozina was holding 11 month old Bojana in his arms, trying to shelter her. They were both killed instantly. Marija was seriously traumatized, she suffered several superficial injuries caused by the cluster fragments and detonations, and she spent the following three months in hospital, giving birth to a healthy baby girl on June 18, 1999. She is living in the same village today, with daughter Angela. Marija says that not one day passes without remembering the tragic event and that the news of the further and more extensive use of cluster munitions that she hears on TV seem to “bring back the entire trauma, anger and the fear of that night, since it’s impossible to distance yourself from all those other mothers that are or will be losing their babies”.