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In Srebrenica, the pain remains 27 years after the genocide

Bosnian Serbs slaughtered more than 8,000 Bosniak

11 July, 20:34
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUL 11 - Twenty-seven years later, the pain remains, and the scars have not yet healed. These are those caused in the souls of victims and survivors of the genocide in Srebrenica. The worst massacre carried out in Europe since World War II. Genocide was committed by Bosnian Serb militias under the orders of General Ratko Mladic, who was finally convicted of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and precisely genocide, as was the then political leader of the Bosnian Serbs, Radovan Karadzic. Slaughters took place after the capture of Srebrenica, which used to be a safe enclave protected by UN blue helmets.

Upon Mladic's entry into the city, a quiet spa town before the war, more than 40,000 residents fled to the UN base in Potocari, north of Srebrenica.

About 7,000 managed to enter the compound area, controlled by a hundred Dutch blue helmets, whereas the rest camped outside the fence. When Bosnian Serb militiamen arrived at the base, the blue helmets did not intervene. Mladic then had the men separated from the women and children and transferred them away from the areas where, shortly after that, the massacres began.

The men were shot, individually or in large groups, in a long slaughter and chase even in the areas surrounding the base, Srebrenica and Potocari.

The Bosnian Serbs then hid thousands of bodies in mass graves or ravines to hide evidence of the crimes. That it was genocide has been confirmed by the extremely harsh and painful testimonies of survivors and the indictment of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), with a ruling that in 2004 established for the first time that Srebrenica was indeed genocide. According to the most accurate estimates, Mladic's men slaughtered more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim males between July 11 and 18, 1995. Some local sources reported about 10,000 missing people. (ANSA).

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