Survivors of Srebrenica genocide march to honour victims, 25 years on

Mourners converged on the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica for the 25th anniversary of the country's worst carnage during the 1992-95 war

Mr. Khan was speaking on the 25th anniversary of the massacre, that killed at least 8,000 mostly Muslim men and boys who were chased through woods in and around Srebrenica by Serb troops in what is considered the worst carnage of civilians in Europe since World War II.

But, since 1996, Bosnian and worldwide scientists have slowly unlocked what was once described as the "biggest forensic puzzle anywhere in the world", unearthing the bones from those gruesome death pits and connecting them with the names of the people they belonged to.

In a nearby building were coffins containing the remains of nine newly identified massacre victims.

Meanwhile, the Turkish president on July 11 remembered the Srebrenica on the 25th anniversary of the genocide.

Women, wearing masks for protection against the COVID-19 infection, pray at the memorial cemetery in Potocari, near Srebrenica, Bosnia, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. "Our hearts wrenched with every mass grave unearthed", he said.

Body parts are still being found in mass graves and are being put together and identified through DNA analysis. Fejzo - or rather two of his leg bones - was found in another one several years later. Efendic buried her husband at Potocari following his remains were being discovered but waited many years ahead of finally choosing to do the identical with Fejzo's partial continues to be.

"I want to join with you once more in mourning the victims of those awful events, and to stand with the families in their fight for justice", he said.

"I am calling on our friends from around the world to show, not just with words but also with actions, that they will not accept the denial of genocide and celebration of its perpetrators", said Sefik Dzaferovic, the Bosnian Muslim member of the country's tripartite presidency.

Bosnians pray during the burial of nine war victims in Potocari near Srebrenica Bosnia Saturday
Bosnians pray during the burial of nine war victims in Potocari near Srebrenica Bosnia Saturday

Attendance at this year's event was limited, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, many speakers will attend "virtually", explained Emir Suljagic, the director of the Srebrenica Memorial Center at Potocari.

Dozens of world leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Spain's Pedro Sanchez, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Britain's Prince Charles, addressed the commemoration ceremony held Saturday, before the funeral, via prerecorded video messages.

In 2014, the commission grew to become a long-lasting worldwide entire body, expanded its mission to other conflicts and natural disasters, and moved its headquarters to The Hague.

He said: "The worldwide community failed those who were killed, those who somehow survived and those who endure the awful loss of their loved ones".

Judge Carmel Agius, president of the United Nations court that is completing war crimes trials stemming from the breakup of Yugoslavia, warned in his video message that the victims of the Srebrenica massacre "continue to be tormented by those who attempt to deny their lived experiences, and, thereby, their very existence".

"This is Srebrenica", stated Efendic, wanting out at the gravestones.



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