19 November 2018

Woman on the front line - interview with Arijanna

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12 Punto 14 Punto 16 Punto 18 Punto presents an interview with the most famous war correspondent of Bosnia and Herzegovina Arijanna Saracevic Helac who served the public in Kosovo, Croatia, Bosnia, Herzegovina and was awarded New York's "World Journalist Award".

– I know a lot about you, but I want our readers to hear everything. You are brave, beautiful, famous war journalist. Most of the women dream to be like you. Can you tell us how, from where you started? How old you were when you decided to become a war journalist?

I did not plan a journalist career like this. Since I was the student of Department of Political Science, I wanted to track culture, but my mentors recognized my political potential. Soon, the wars started in countries of ex - Yugoslavia. I did not know anything about war. I felt need to be on the front line and doing my job best I can. I was very young and the job of war journalist I was learning directly in the front line. My country was attacked. Everybody was running out from Bosnia and Herzegovina. I decided to defend my country with help of a microphone. And is lasting by decades. Top of my career I experienced in New York 1993 when I was awarded world journalist prize. That was the decision that made me a better journalist. Meanwhile, I married my husband, Mirsad, and we had got our older son, Džan. Six years later, my younger son, Adi, was born. Wars continued in other countries. After the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, I went on Kosovo. I was, I am and I will continue with investigative journalism with the accent on the crime and political corruption. Today, I am editor and author of documentary movies which topics are crime and political corruption.

You have more than 2000 reports from the front line about the plight of the Bosnian people. Can you tell us about these years, please?

Those years were the most terrible year in my life. War is the worst thing that can happen to a human. I decided not to go away from Bosnia and Herzegovina, but I was sharing the destiny of Bosnian people. Every day from 1992-1995, I witnessed all kind of murders. We were hungry, thirsty, frozen and pride. We fought for our free country. We were media blocked, but, somehow, we were sharing the truth with the world. Twenty years later, I realised that only miracle made us alive.

– Where did you be else? Which countries have you been for reports?

In the next period of my career, I reported from all main events that were lasting in the start of 20. the century from the front line. My main destination was Kosovo, but before that, I reported from Croatia in 1991.

– What do you think about the Middle East? I know a lot of interesting things about your Middle East experience. Would you like to tell us about it, please?

Unfortunately, that is a unique thing which is not naive, with the target of making the new Middle East. New division, and new borders by ethnic and religious principle. Meanwhile, there are many people left their homes and we know in Bosnia and Herzegovina that that is very painful and it is very hard to be a refugee. The photos that are viral on the Internet are very sad for me.

– All things you had been through how influenced to your own life?

Everything that I came through was my choice, except war. Many stuff because of the journalism, I missed. I did not do anything for the personal reason in my job. Always, I did my job for the people and publishment.

– You are the idol of a lot of women journalists. What do we need to do for being brave war journalist like you?

I want for all journalist to never come through the war. Young women journalist have to be a brave and work for the reasons of the publishment and better society, no matter how though consequences can be. Personal reasons are not the journalism. We need to have hope in ourselves and not to be obsessed with popularity and success. That is not our mission. Our mission is to getting society better in which is not evil, corruption and crime.

2018.03.15 / 21:55
Rafiga Alisafa
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