A HERO from Košar, Dragan Bradić Sergije (54), who lived for more than six months in an improvised dugout in the forest on the mountain Javor, was rescued from the Javor stream and shelter.
An electrician, Dragan Stamenić, accidentally discovered where this Javorac lives, who was cutting the route of the transmission line through the dense forest.
Once a brave warrior from Košar, a man about whom no one in Ivanjica allegedly has an ugly word, he found accommodation for his wounded body with shrapnel in an improvised dugout, where he is accompanied by bears, wolves and wild boars, and the roof made of pallets leaks with the first rain.
– I smelled smoke and when I headed in that direction, I saw a fire and a dugout covered with cellophane under a beech forest. I was shocked when I saw Sergius, a man I know very well and whom I often saw in wages. No one alive knew that he had no roof over his head and was sleeping in the middle of the forest in a dugout. He probably hid it, and I know him as a man who helped everyone, he bought mushrooms in Javor, he had a lot of money. He gave to everyone and probably failed. I know that he was on the battlefield from Bosnia to Kosovo, the last time he returned from Košar was wounded – says Stamenić.
He sleeps on cellophane, and his pillow is an old sweater
Dragan spent the night in an improvised dugout for months, which he made himself. He survived on food he found in nature, mushrooms, blueberries, wild strawberries and apples. They say you’ll find his “house” by the smoke. Because only with a constantly lit fire does it manage to warm up at all. He sleeps on cellophane, and covers himself with only one thin blanket, similar to the military one. An old sweater serves as a pillow.
– I had nowhere to go. I was left homeless and landless. And I worked as a black man, supported my father and mother, and then everything was taken away from me, I even ended up in prison for ten months, even though I was not guilty. I mowed forty meadows by hand. But I was left with nothing, I was ashamed to ask for help from anyone, I took refuge here and tormented my torment. But I’m done, I feel that the end is near, the snow won’t catch me alive. I haven’t seen bread for five days, I have two baked apples for dinner. I had lunch with a potato yesterday and that’s it. I light a fire all night to drive away the bears and warm up a bit – Dragan said recently.
After the public was disturbed by the news about the “man from the forest”, the administration of the municipality of Ivanjica reacted. The president of the municipality, Momcilo Mitrović, as well as Dragan’s neighbors, learned from the media that Dragan was sleeping in the mountains.
– The same night we went to Javor and convinced him to come with us. I placed him in a boarding school, called the doctors to examine him and see how he was doing. He was visibly exhausted, barely moving. We did everything we could to help and take care of him. Many honorable people called us to help and we will do everything we can for this man. He has a great chance to start a new life, we will help him in that – Mitrović said for GZS.
An action was launched today, which is also supported by the local government, with the goal of giving Dragan a roof over his head and finding his peace. All those who want to help can donate funds to the following account: 205-9001027854833-25. The funds will be used to help take care of Dragan Bradić Sergej, a warrior from Košar and a homeless man from Javor.
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