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Balkans |  Tika renovates the Genocide Remembrance Center in Srebrenica

The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) continues its efforts to renovate the building used as a memorial center for those killed in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The statement by TIKA said that renovation work on the city’s memorial center is continuing as part of the “Srebrenista Potocari Genocide Victims Memorial Museum”.

The statement said that the building, which was called the “Old Battery Factory” in July 1995, when the genocide took place, was known as the place where Bosniaks took refuge, where they were handed over to Serb forces by the United Nations (UN) soldiers.

The factory, which is used today as the “Genocide Remembrance Museum”, is visited by 150,000 people every year, and Teka has repaired the decay and physical deformations of the roof of the building, especially due to rain and snow water.

The statement stated that the building renovation work began in 2021 to explain the genocide in an environment suitable for visitors, and the following phrases were included:

At the beginning of 2023, extensive renovation work commenced on the building, primarily the roofing of said area. As of February, the site has been handed over and the architectural, electrical, and mechanical renovation of the museum area has commenced. Within the scope of the project, it is planned to establish a permanent museum on an area of ​​approximately 4 thousand 750 square meters. The project initiated by TIKA aims to better explain the tragedy and increase the number of visitors and international awareness by creating a permanent museum in the modern sense.”

What happened in Srebrenica?

After the occupation of Srebrenica, where the genocide took place, by Serbian forces under the command of Ratko Mladić on July 11, 1995, civilian Bosniaks who had taken refuge with Dutch soldiers under UN command were handed over to the Serbs. by these soldiers.

Allowing women and children to go into the area controlled by Bosniak soldiers, Serb forces killed no less 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 bones were found in mass graves in an effort to find the missing, were buried in a ceremony held at the Potocari Memorial Cemetery on 11 July each year after their identification.

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