With the premiere of film “The Children” in “Jugoslovenska kinoteka” in Belgrade 12.11.2015 (Photo: RONIN)

By Zlatko Bogatinovski

A documentary feature film by Denis Bojic “The Children” was made and produced by  Radio Television of Republica Srpska. This film records the fate of four parents who lost three children during the war and who were killed as member of the Army of Republic of Srpska.

In thistimeless tragedy of unimaginable parental pain, the fate of four families is connected.

Mileva Zupic lost three sons in one day.

Mileva Lazarevic had three sons, and she lost two of them in one day.

The same fate has befallen Joka Milovanovic.

Marinko Bjelica lost two sons and one daughter.

Four parents, twelve children.

This powerful testimony of ancient sorrow is about goriness of war, patriotism and tragedy of a nation. This untold story, which will break the hearts off all, sends one of the strongest anti-war messages from Modern Europe. The film, which in an unusually authentic way, documents the limits of human endurance puts the parents in the epicenter. Twenty years later, each of them is seeking meaning in life that long ago ceased to be just that, the life.


Mileva Zupic from the village Gustovare, near Mrkonjic Grad, lost three sons in one day. Stevan (born 1967.), Zeljko (1969) and Zivko (1971) were killed on October 10.1995 during the occupation of Mrkonjic Grad by the Croatian armed forces. Zeljko was found in Surjan, near Mrkonjic Grad. The bodies of Srevo and Zivko  were exhumed on April 1, 1996 from a mass grave in Mrkonjic Grad.


Mileva Lazarevic from the village Sadici, near Vlasenica, lost three sons. Boro (1961) was killed on July 17, 1992 in his native village Sadici. Savo (1963) and Stanko (1966) were killed in an ambush in the village Cikotska Rijeka. The Lazarevic brothers were killed the same day, on December 23, 1992.


Joka Milovanovic from the village Mirosavci, near Lopare, lost three sons. Miodrag (1961) and Tripun (1971) were killed on the same day, on May 31, 1992 on the Majevica frontline. The third brother Djojo (1952) was killed on October 9, 1995 in Podrasnica, near Mrkonjic Grad. His body was found on April 11, 1996.


Marinko Bjelica from Trnovo lost two sons and a daughter. On June 16, 1992, Janko (1971) was killed in Sestaljevo near Trnovo. On August 2, 1992, Dragan (1967) was killed on Rogoj (the mountain pass). On October 6, 1994, Radmila (1974)  was killed in the attack of the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina from the UN protected zone on Mount Igman.


During the civil war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992-1995) over 100.000 people were killed.

Of the total number of casualties, more than 35.000 Serbs were killed. About 10.000 Serb civilians were murdered and reported missing.

24.475 members of the Army of Republic of Srpska were killed.

18 families lost three children who were killed as members of the Army of Republic of Srpska.

MILOVANOVIC   Tripun, Miodrag, Djojo

BJELICA                 Janko, Dragan, Radmila

ZUPIC                      Zeljko, Zivko, Stevan

LAZAREVIC           Stanko, Boro, Savo

MARCETA              Dusan, Drago, Boro

MANDIC                  Stevo, Drago, Dragomir

POPOVIC                Nikola, Miroslav, Vasilije

DELIC                      Janko, Velko, Radislav

CUPELJIC              Stevan, Dragan, Mirko

SIMIC                      Desimir, Milenko, Vaskrsije

SIMIC                      Ljubisa, Mitar, Nenad

MARKOVIC            Danko, Marko, Mladen

MITROVIC             Dragomir, Branislav, Radislav

MITROVIC             Milorad, Dragoljub, Bosko

BOJOVIC                 Desimir, Jovan, Veljko

CVJETKOVIC         Damir, Njegomir, Dragomir

GAVRIC                    Slavoljub, Tomislav, Snjezana

UBIPARIPOVIC     Budimir, Desimir, Mladen


Denis Bojic and Zlatko Bogatinovski (Photo: RONIN)

Denis Bojic was born on October 13, 1981 in Bjelovar, Croatia (in that time part of Yugoslavia). He graduated from Secondary Medical School in Banja Luka. He graduated later from the Facultz of Philosophy in Banja Luka, Department of Journalism. He defended his masters thesis in the field of political analytics – civil society as the subject of democratic processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

He gained his experience in journalism working for several newspapers and TV stations. Since 2013, he is a member of the News Department in Radio Television of Republic of Srpska.

He is the autor of numerous reports from the region. He is a writer and director of the documentary “Vukovar blues” and feature documentary film “The  Children”.




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