From Aljazeera: Bosnia mourns victims of Srebrenica massacre
On the 17th anniversary of Europe’s worst massacre since World War II, thousands of people from around Bosnia and the world are gathering in the town of Srebrenica to attend a funeral for 520 newly identified victims.
The remains of the victims, exhumed from several mass graves around Srebrenica and recently identified using DNA analysis, will be laid to rest on Wednesday in the town now synonymous with genocide…..
The Srebrenica massacre, also known as the Srebrenica genocide,refers to the July 1995 killing, during the Bosnian War, of more than 8,000 Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims), mainly men and boys, in and around the town of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina, by units of the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS) under the command of General Ratko Mladić. The mass murder was described by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as the worst crime on European soil since the Second World War. A paramilitary unit from Serbia known as the Scorpions, officially part of the Serbian Interior Ministry until 1991, participated in the massacre and it is alleged that foreign volunteers including the Greek Volunteer Guard also participated.
As I read this post this morning and thought of the horror, I thought of Tom Paxton’s song “On the Road To Srebrenica” and desided to try to put some pictures to the music. (Hopefully, the use of the pictures is considered “fair use” if anyone objects I’ll remove the pictures or give credit at the end.)
At Aljazeera you can also view a film by Mohamed Kenawi, that follows four survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre as they look to the future despite the pain of their past. Here