Bosnian genocide

20 years after massacre in Srebrenica, women recall loved ones lost

Bosnian Muslim women weep by the coffins of Srebrenica victims. ELVIS BARUKCIC/AFP/Getty Images

Saturday marks 20 years since Gen. Ratko Mladic led Bosnian Serb troops to commit a genocide of more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys. In Europe’s worst massacre since WWII, Serbs stormed passed Dutch peacekeepers in Srebrenica — a city that was supposed to be a safe haven, separating men and boys from their wives, sisters, and mothers killing nearly 2,000 males on the spot.  Of the 15,000 that tried to flee into the woods, 6,000 were hunted down and killed, then the Serbs tried to hide the remains in mass graves, bulldozing the evidence. Though DNA testing has identified pieces of some remains, the remains of 1,000 victims are entirely lost. The Associated Press recently interviewed several female survivors who share their stories of grief through items they cherish such as their husband’s shirts, sweaters, and tobacco boxes. One 58-year-old woman, Remzija Delic, shares how each morning she wakes up to a photo of her husband, and when she sees her next door neighbor walking to work, she recalls how he was the one who separated them, taking her husband into the crowd of men to be killed. Though she lost her husband and both sons in the massacre and watches her neighbor walk in freedom daily she said, “You know, all this did not make me hate the Serbs. There are some wonderful people among them.”

Read the full story at the Associated Press.

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