Srebrenica, Twelve Years On

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Twelve years today, the town of Srebrenica morphed from a silver-mining town into the site of one of the world’s most devastating genocides. As the international community and United Nations peacekeepers looked on, Serb forces systematically separated civilian men and women, before massacring thousands of men en masse. Those who attempted to escape into the forests surrounding the town were swiftly caught and sentenced to the same fate. By the culmination of the massacre, an estimate 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men had been murdered.

The start of the war in 1992 brought forth a heinous plethora of massacres amidst shameful international dithering. Yet as new conflicts emerge – and exisiting ones recommence and continue – we often forget the victims of the conflicts that have succeded in ending. For the people residing in the former war zones, the spectre of their past continues to return with the discovery of new mass graves as recently as last month, when forty-four incomplete skeletons were uncovered in the Zeleni Jadar area, fifteen kilometres south of Srebrenica.

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Similarly, issues of displacement, poverty – unemployment currently stands at 50% in Bosnia – occupation, crime, security and punity against the agressors have carried over into the new century. The physical remnants of war are equally tangible with buried cluster munitions left by both NATO and Serb forces continuing to claim victims: between 2004-2003, fifty civilians were injured in the Kosovo region. Naturally, this factor carries over into the issue of return; for a vast number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), the prospect of returning to rebuild former homes amidst a literal minefiled is less than appealing.

Yet tentative progress is being made, with the European Union foreign ministers granting the go-ahead for Bosnia to participate in the Stabilisation and Association Agreement talks in November 2005, and its admission to the NATO Partnership for Peace pre-membership programme. The verdict of the International Court of Justice in February this year that the Srebrenica massacre did indeed constitute genocide arrived as a mixed tiding however: while the acknowldgement of the atrocity was a step forward, the vindication of Serb involvement through the clause ‘direct responsibility’ persists to shroud the event in ambiguity. The conflict may be over, but the battle for justice and return continues, albeit quietly.

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3 thoughts on “Srebrenica, Twelve Years On

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    Terrorist

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    Watch the full video and tell me who is the real terrorist Islam or Jewish & Christian?
    If a Muslim kill’s a person even if the guy who got killed was Muslim as well, they say Islam is terrorist
    But if Jewish or Christian kill a lot of people millions and millions in this world no one says they are terrorist
    In 1944 USA bombs killed as many as 140,000 Innocent people in Hiroshima and 80,000 thousands in Nagasaki
    Some says even more but no one say they are terrorist
    Vietnam 1961 to 1975 In Vietnam they killed 5,503,000 Innocent people some even says the number of death was 1,400,000 to 7,000,000 in Vietnam and raped 151,000 thousands girls, about 68,000 American soldiers were killed in battle. I’ve heard that more than that died from suicide and other causes, no one says they Jewish and Christian are terrorist
    Russia Killed almost 1,680,000 Innocent Muslim in Afghanistan and Chechen= çeçenistan
    They burn 80,900 thousand mosque= Masjid and raped thousands and thousands girls no one says they’re terrorist
    India killed almost 500,000 half million and raped thousands and thousands in Kashmir no one says they are terrorist
    France killed over 1,000,000 and raped thousands and thousands in Algeria no one says they are terrorist
    Serbia in 1992 to 1995 killed 214,000 thousand Bosnia and 15 years after the end of the conflict. It is unknown how many women were raped, but estimates reveal at least 25,000, most of them Muslim. There were Serbs and Croats, too. NGOs estimate that about one thousand children were born out of such abuses. At least 30 percent of the Bosniak civilian victims were women and children (Yugoslavia) (USA) (UN) gave military support to Serbia and no one says they are terrorist,
    March 1988 America helped Sadam Husain to kill 182,000 thousand Kurd in Karadax and killed 5,000 in Halabja my town no one says they are terrorist
    They are killing everywhere & ever day in Bosnia, Chechen= çeçenistan, Kurdistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Nigeria, Lebanon, Palestine, Sudan ,you name it!!
    But no one call them terrorist why!!! Are they allowed to kill, but we aren’t allowed to defend our faith, country, culture, and our people!!!!!!!!!!
    If they kill it’s the Person who kill not their faith or their country but if Muslim kill its Islam!!!!
    Open your eyes and use your head guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Don’t just look at news because Jewish have total control over the entire media around the world
    The media shows what they want you to see, they don’t show the truth behind their lies, their jobs is to cover up the truth with lies and that’s why they get paid TOP Dollars
    So use your head not TV or newspapers, or magazines,

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