The genocide that took place on 11 July 1995 in the Bosnian city of Srebrenica following the capture of Serb forces under the command of Ratko Mladic remains a bleeding wound in the hearts of the people of this Balkan country.
More than 8 thousand civilians became victims of the bloody events in the east of Bosnia and Herzegovina that day. Although 26 years have passed since the tragedy, close relatives of the victims of the genocide keep the pain of loss in their hearts.
The events in Srebrenica are rightfully considered the worst tragedy in Europe since the end of World War II.
On Sunday, July 11, at the Potocari Memorial Cemetery, the remains of 19 more residents of Srebrenica will be interred.
The remains of thousands of victims of the genocide, buried in mass graves by the Serbian military, were reburied in the following years.
Work on the identification of all remains has not yet been completed to this day. Thousands of families have finally got the opportunity to bury their loved ones with dignity, to install a tombstone.
In general, the Potocari Memorial Cemetery contains the remains of 6,652 victims of the Serbian military.
Azmir Osmanovich is among the victims of the genocide whose remains will be interred on Sunday. At the time of the bloody events in Srebrenica, the teenager was only 16 years old.
Names of other victims: Khusein Kurbashich (1958), Vezhsil Hamzabegovich (1939), Mukhidin Mehmedovich (1977), Ramiz Selimovich (1951), Esnaf Khalilovich (1976), Muamer Mujich (1976), Mehmed Beganovich (1947), Khazhro ), Yusuf Alzhich (1967), Zazhim Hasanovich (1968), Asim Nukich (1971), Nezir Dautovich (1969), Ibrahim Avdagich (1950), Yusuf Khalilovich (1948), Salih Dzananovich (1955) and Meho Karahodzhich (1939).
Ratko Mladic, sentenced to life in prison for war crimes by an international court in The Hague, called the capture of Srebrenica “a holiday gift to the Serbian people.” “Finally, it’s time to take revenge on the Turks (an expression used for Muslims in Bosnia),” Mladic said.
Although the UN Security Council declared Srebrenica a security zone in April 1993, this did not prevent a massacre.
In just a few days, at least 8,372 people were brutally killed in Srebrenica and the surrounding areas, tens of thousands were expelled from their homes.
Peaceful Bosniaks tried to find protection from the Dutch peacekeepers, but the latter surrendered them to the Serbs.
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