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Balkans |  Srebrenica victims commemorate the 28th anniversary of the genocide

Commemoration ceremonies were held in the capital Sarajevo and Mostar to mark the 28th anniversary of the genocide committed in Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina in July 1995.

A siren in memory of the victims of genocide sounded at 12:00 local time in the capital, and a minute’s silence was observed in the city. Citizens driving in Sarajevo stayed in the area they were in as sirens sounded.

A silent jump is performed from the historic Bridge of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina in memory of the victims of the genocide. With the jump from the Bridge of Mostar at 11.07 local time, the message was sent that “what happened in Srebrenica must not be repeated anywhere in the world”.

Adela Gusto, one of the organizers, stated that today’s silence means more than a thousand words and said, “We will continue to commemorate the Srebrenica genocide every year.” He said.

A memorial service was held in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, on the occasion of the 28th anniversary of the genocide.

As part of the ceremony held by the Bosnian Assembly of Montenegro, flowers were left at the memorial in Bobrzeje Park. The ceremony was also attended by Barış Kalkavan, Türkiye’s ambassador to Podgorica.

Burial of 30 genocide victims

30 genocide victims, who were killed and identified during this year’s festivities, will be buried after the funeral.

Elvir Salcinović, the youngest of the 30 genocide victims to be buried on the 28th anniversary of the genocide, was 15 years old when she was murdered, and her oldest victim is Nazir Muminović who was murdered at the age of 65.

What happened in Srebrenica?

After the occupation of Srebrenica by Serb forces led by Ratko Mladić on 11 July 1995, Bosniak civilians who had taken refuge with Dutch soldiers inside the UN were handed over to the Serbs.

Allowing women and children access to the area controlled by Bosniak soldiers, the Serbs massacred no fewer than 8,372 Bosniak men in forest areas, factories, and warehouses. The Bosnian dead were buried in mass graves.

After the war, the victims whose bodies were found were buried in mass graves in an effort to find the missing in a ceremony held at the Potocari Memorial Cemetery on 11 July each year after their identification.

While there are 6,721 graves of genocide victims at Potocari Memorial Cemetery, that number would rise to 6,751 today.


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