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The Last Refuge

A True Story of War, Survival and Life Under Siege in Srebrenica

Hasan Nuhanovic



Alison Sluiter and Doris Bonkers


The gripping, shocking and true story of a Bosniak family's flight from their home at the outbreak of war in former Yugoslavia. Hasan Nuhanovic was one of the few survivors of the massacre at Srebrenica. "The Last Refuge" is the first part of his remarkable story, a story of war, survival and life under siege.
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"We went to the mountains of eastern Bosnia to hide from the war. As if a forest could shield you from a war. The war flies, reaches you in a second. It runs through the walls, over the mountains and rivers. It enters your mind, and your heart and your soul and refuses to leave . . ." In 1992 the growing threat of Serb nationalism in Bosnia forced Hasan Nuhanovic and his family to flee their home for the safety of Bosnia's mountainous countryside. High up in the woods along the Drina River, Hasan and thousands of Bosniak refugees faced bitter nights, deprivation and death, while Serb soldiers covered their retreat with sniper fire and artillery shelling. After many months on the move, the Bosniaks battled their way to the town of Srebrenica, their last refuge, under the charge of a small UN force. When the Bosnian-Serb army laid siege to the town, Hasan's life once more became a daily struggle for survival, battling starvation, sniping and shelling. "The Last Refuge" is a powerful first-hand account of the barbarism of those years leading up to the massacre in Srebrenica; it is also an action-packed, gripping true story of struggle, survival and heroism.
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Book publisherPeter Owen Publishers
Publication date11 Jul 2019
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