October 1, 2008

We hope Sanela’s next donation will go towards the establishment of Srebrenica Genocide Memorial Museum in Washington, DC (that would be a dream come true for all of us!). The institution of this kind is needed to effectively combat widespread genocide denial, help prevent further genocides and commemorate 8,000 to 10,000 men, elderly, and children who perished during Srebrenica genocide, including more than 20,000 women forcefully deported from the enclave in a U.N.-assisted ethnic cleansing.

Beautiful Sanela Jenkins (aka: Sanela Catic)
with Mick Jagger. Photo courtesy of

According to Associated Press that originally broke the story, a former Bosnian refugee has donated $4 million for the UCLA School of Law to create a clinic on international justice that will aim to help courts trying Balkan war criminals.

The endowment was made by Sanela Diana Jenkins (aka: Sanela Catic), an ethnic Bosniak woman who fled the war-torn capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1993 and married a billionaire Roger Jenkins, chief executive of Barclays Bank. In the early 90s Sarajevo had endured the longest military siege in modern history with 10,000 – 15,000 residents killed, including at least 1,500 children.

When Sanela left Sarajevo and came to England, her parents stayed behind. In England, Sanela worked very hard to earn money and help her parents who suffered under the daily bombardment of Sarajevo. She met her husband Roger Jenkins at City University and soon, they fell in love. Together, they welcomed two children – a son Innis and a daughter Eneya. According to the UCLA, “Sanela Diana Jenkins has turned a life of hardship into triumph, as she has developed into a successful business woman, a devoted mother, and a philanthropist. As a native of Sarajevo, Bosnia, Jenkins lived her childhood and teenage years in the midst of genocide.”

The Sanela Diana Jenkins Clinic on International Justice aims to provide research and expertise to war crimes courts and also works on war crimes and justice policy – initially focusing on Balkan issues. The clinic is part of the law school’s International Human Rights Program. The work of the Jenkins Clinic focuses on three activities central to the advancement of human rights, including legal advocacy, political advocacy, and documentation.

According to the UCLA, students and faculty will work with lawyers at the War Crimes Section of the State Court of Bosnia and Hercegovina and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Advocacy before governments and international organizations will often be necessary to move legal processes forward, and Documentation will usually involve field work, collecting documentary and forensic evidence, and recording eyewitness accounts. In addition to written documentation, the Clinic will experiment with audio-visual media and seek to make documentation available on the internet.

“Additionally, Jenkins has dedicated a large part of her attention back to her native land by establishing the Irnis Catic Foundation in honor of her brother. The Foundation, which is closely associated with the funding of the medical school at the University of Sarajevo, aims to provide financial support toward establishing Bosnian schools and orphanages,” notes the UCLA web site. It is also instrumental in building homes for the country’s poor, supplying emergency aid & relief and cleaning the country’s lakes and poluted areas. The Irnis Catic Foundation is the largest, privately funded Bosnian organization of its kind.
“The work she is going to do with this program … will make a huge difference,” Haris Silajdzic, president of Bosnia-Herzegovina, said in a statement from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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  1. Vincent Jappi
    October 5, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Solidarity with Sonja Biserko http://pescanik.net/content/view/2063/158/

  2. Sunshine
    December 5, 2008 at 3:46 am

    how do i become a follower of your blog? it doesnt seem to have the “follow this blog” option anywhere.

  3. Daniel
    December 6, 2008 at 8:30 am

    Sunshine, thank you for suggesting “Follow This Blog” option. I will add it ASAP. :)

  4. Anonymous
    June 17, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Sanela Catic is firstly not a refugee, not any more than anyone else from Bosnia, and secondly she prostituted herself to get to UK with a refugee status and to further snap Mr Jenkins during her student years, she wasted notime to sleep her way up the ladder. As for her chairty work, charities created by epeople who rip half the planet's poplulation off through various scheming and business delas are nothing but a cobweb over your eyes. If any of them ever cared about poverty and injustice then they would have refused to be paid tens of millions per year that an average person anywhere on this planet can't make in three lives not one! So, cut the crap and stop sucking up to people who PRETEND to be philanthropists/ Isn't it amazing how the gap between rich and poor grows daily and yet guess why? C'mon, pull a few synapses together if you have any spare after Mrs Jenkins and alike have washed your brains throughthe celebrity-media-politics laundromat.

  5. owen
    June 18, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    Whatever Sanela Catic's background unsubstantiated personal abuse provides the reader with no useful information whatsoever about her, just a rather marginal insight into the way the author views this blog and its readers.

  6. Kanita
    July 16, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    No wonder anonymous didn't leave his name. What a disgusting individual. Sanela left Bosnia as a refugee on her own, having to leave her family behind. She lost numerous family members, and her brother was killed before she had the chance to get him out. She DIDN'T marry some millionaire, she helped him get his millions. She met him while he was still nobody, and she is a huge part of his success.

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