July 19, 2012

Nedjo of Ljubuski - long version

The Duško Kondor Civil Courage Award is given to Nedeljko Neđo Galić from Ljubuški

The Duško Kondor Civil Courage Award is given to Nedeljko Neđo Galić from Ljubuški, posthumously, because he risked his own life every day expressing his civil courage from August 1993 as follows:

  • In the face of the persecution and injustice perpetrated against members of other ethno-national groups in Ljubuški, he protested loud and clear, with the following words: "People, this is insane, this is a crime, you cannot do this!"
  • Having learned that the only way out of the Heliodrom camp for his fellow citizens was a call from abroad, which most of them were not able to obtain, he persistently made false calls and released them from captivity, thereby saving at least 1,000 people from the camp - many of them indeed from death.
  • He helped most of the released prisoners to get documents to allow them to leave the territory of BiH within the specified 48 hours.
  • When the last members of the persecuted ethnic group left Ljubuški, he decided to leave with his wife and three minor children and move abroad, with the comment: "If I stayed I would not be able to lift my head for shame. I don't want to stay with fascists who want a 'cleansed' nation. Let them stay, let them live alone, 'cleansed'."
  • When he came to Prague with his family, he refused to apply for humanitarian aid as a refugee, saying: "No, I am not a refugee, I left voluntarily, no one forced me out."
  • Right after the Washington agreement was signed, he decided to come back to Ljubuški with his family.
  • Until the last day of his life, he was true to himself and his moral principles, insisting he be buried in the Sutina cemetery in Mostar, where he would not be with his neighbors, who had expelled his fellow citizens. 

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