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As a minor, Emir was drawn to the hardline Bosniak nationalism of the Bosnian Movement of National Pride, BPNP. But he hoped the anti-Semitism and fascism would not be too visible, not to draw the attention of the authorities.
"I knew there was Nazism," he said, claiming to have since left the group. "I hoped it would not be on display so much."
Inside an abandoned house, onions sizzle as mother-of-four Seror struggles to cook an Iraqi specialty over an open fire, trying to maintain an illusion of home for her loved ones.
The Alhayani family are among hundreds of people from the Middle East, Africa and Asia sheltering in derelict houses in Serbian villages close to the Hungary and Romania borders.
Activists and Interior Ministry representatives at the commemoration in Herceg Novi. Photo: Human Rights Action.
On May 25 and 27, 1992, the Bosniaks and Serbs were illegally detained and brought to the police headquarters in Herceg Novi, near the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, from where they were deported on buses to Bosnian Serb-controlled territory.
Those who remain are mainly younger retirees, or people waiting to retire, whose children have moved to Belgrade or abroad, ending the traditional system of inter-generational solidarity in family care. The youngest is 35 years old. Recently, the oldest dweller passed away at the age of 90; her carers at the end were also pensioners.
Crossings with Bosnia and Herzegovina completely jammed.
Border crossings cameras are showing convoys of vehicles entering Serbia at the crossings of Mali Zvornik, Sremska Raca and Trbusnica.
Convoys of vehicles are also registered at the Horgos crossing, at the entrance to Serbia from Hungary, but also at Batrovci and the Sid crossing towards Croatia.