How war photography created an unbreakable bond between the Spanish soldier and the children of Mostar – Sarajevo Times
Haris Behram from Mostar knows best what that means for an eight-year-old.n the whirlwind of war to get a soldier’s sweets when there isn’t enough bread. He was remembered by a photo with SSpanish soldier Salvador Andres Pelaez, who was looking for him and other children he was photographed with in 1993 in wartime Mostar.
“When I saw the picture on the the Internet and recognized myself with the Spanish soldier, I was overwhelmed with emotions. I immediately called him and he asked me to activate the video call, which caused a storm of emotions and tears in our eyes,” Explain a man from Mostar who has rebuilt a broken relationship and is looking forward to welcoming his benefactor to Mofeatured this summer.
He noted that he was very impressed by the concerns of a Spanish soldier who was at peaceekeeping mission in our country because he immediately asked him how he was and if he needed anything.
“He told me that he considered us as his children and that he had been looking for us for years. He didn’t know our real names or the way to know if we were alive, where we were, and what we were doing. He noted he came in 2018 but nobody could recognize us in the phototos, so luckily he now shares photos on Facebook which are now news portals in Bosnia and Herzegovina displayed and allowed us to renew the connection. He is closely monitoring the situation in our country and invited me to come with his family to Spain, because hhe doesn’t want us to cross the new trauma. But I explained to him that the situation in Mostar is good and he was especially happy when I told him that we all live together in this city and that my best friend is Damir Beljo, a Croatian who lives inanother part of town,” Haris explained.
They also remembered the days of war and the times when he and his company on Titova Street spent half a day waiting at the United Nations (UN) carriersor him to bring them candy, an apple, or a banana.
“What sweets meant to us then, when there wasn’t enough bread, is hard to describe. I invited him to come and be my guest as much as he wanteded. I want to show him Mostar we live in and take him at all the beautiful places. whatever i do for him, I cannot give him back the joy he brought me and the other children of Mostar during the war, when our region of movement was only two hundred yards away nlisten to their carriers,” Haris stressed.
Also, hand noted that a Spanish soldier confessed to him that he often spoke to his colleagues in the peacekeeping mission in our country and that some of them still had nightmares because of the scenes they saw.
The photo with the UN soldier and Haris Behram shows his cousin Almir Behram, who is now a professional firefighter in Mostar and has also restored contact with the spanish soldier, and he heard that Sabina Sfor exampleetalo-Baralija and Zlatko Pobric other photographs also contacted him.