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MIA FARROW & SREBRENICA SURVIVORS PROTEST OVER DARFUR

December 8, 2007

MIA FARROW AND SREBRENICA GENOCIDE SURVIVORS DEMAND END TO DARFUR GENOCIDE

“I have no words to describe what happened to the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The international community failed you. My country failed you. The United Nations failed you. The world betrayed you. You owe the world nothing but you understand the suffering, the pain our brothers and sisters are enduring as we speak.” – Mia Farrow


PHOTO: Hollywood actress and UNICEF ambassador Mia Farrow (L) places wreath of flowers as she visits the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial commemorating over 8,000 victims of 1995 Srebrenica genocide December 6, 2007.

Srebrenica genocide surviors joined U.S. actress and Darfur activist Mia Farrow in a torch-lighting ceremony Friday to pressure China into using its clout over Sudan to end the genocide in Darfur.

“We share our grief with the mothers of Darfur. We pray to God that the Holocaust and genocide never happen again,” said Hatidza Mehmedovic, who lost her husband and two sons in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

In the final phase of Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war, the Bosnian Serb forces overran the United Nations-protected Bosniak enclave of Srebrenica, summarily killing over 8,000 Bosniak men and boys.

Both, the U.N. War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague, and the World Court recognized Srebrenica massacre to have constituted an act of genocide.

Srebrenica genocide judgment was the first genocide conviction in Europe since the UN genocide treaty was drawn up in 1951.


PHOTO: Tears slides down the face of Hollywood actress and UNICEF ambassador Mia Farrow (L) as she visits the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial in Potocari commemorating over 8,000 victims of the Srebrenica massacre.

“You understand the suffering, the pain our brothers and sisters are enduring as we speak,” Farrow told the group of some 200 Sarajevans and Srebrenica genocide survivors in reference to Darfur, the war-torn western region of Sudan.

The torch is touring countries that have suffered genocide and has so far been lit at the Darfur-Chad border, Rwanda, Armenia and Germany. It is planned to pass through Cambodia before reaching China early next year.

Fadila Memisevic, of the Bosnian branch of Germany’s Society of Threatened Peoples, criticized a Sarajevo based construction company for entering into building projects with the Sudanese government.

“But that cooperation is not preventing us to raise our voices and we will continue,” she said.

Farrow, together with the Mothers of Srebrenica association, visited a memorial center in Srebrenica on Thursday where some of the victims of Europe’s worst massacre since World War II were buried.

“I have no words to describe what happened to the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The international community failed you. My country failed you. The United Nations failed you. The world betrayed you,” Farrow said Friday.

“You owe the world nothing but you understand the suffering, the pain our brothers and sisters are enduring as we speak,” she added.

Sarajevo hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics. “As an Olympic city, Sarajevo knows how the Olympic dream can be shattered. We must not let that happen again,” she added.


PHOTO: Hollywood actress and UNICEF ambassador Mia Farrow (C) attends lighting ceremony of an Olympic-style torch together with survivors of Srebrenica genocide in Sarajevo December 7, 2007. Mia Farrow and fellow activists begun an Olympic-style torch relay through countries that have suffered genocide to press China to help end abuse in its ally Sudan’s Darfur region.



PHOTO: Hollywood actress and UNICEF ambassador Mia Farrow (C) meets relatives of Srebrenica massacre victims at the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial in Potocari commemorating over 8,000 victims of Srebrenica massacre December 6, 2007.


PHOTO: Hollywood actress and UNICEF ambassador Mia Farrow, centre, prays for Srebrenica Genocide victims.


PHOTO: Hollywood actress and UNICEF ambassador Mia Farrow, centre, reacts as she is accompanied by women from Srebrenica, whilst walking to the memorial to the victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre during her visit to the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial Center at Potocari near Srebrenica December 6, 2007. Srebrenica genocide survivors joined actress Mia Farrow’s campaign urging China to press Sudan to end abuses in its Darfur region, the actress said Wednesday. Together with the association Mothers of Srebrenica, Farrow lit an Olympic-style torch in Sarajevo.


PHOTO: Hollywood actress and UNICEF ambassador Mia Farrow, centre, accompanied by women from Srebrenica, walks to the memorial to the victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of more than 8,000 Bosniak men and boys during her visit to the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial Center at Potocari near Srebrenica.


PHOTO: Hollywood actress and UNICEF ambassador Mia Farrow (C) meets relatives of victims of 1995 Srebrenica massacre of more than 8,000 Bosniak men and boys as she visits the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial where victims are buried in Srebrenica December 6, 2007.


PHOTO: Hollywood actress and UNICEF ambassador Mia Farrow lays a wreath of flowers on the memorial to the genocide victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of more than 8,000 Bosniak men and boys during her visit to the Memorial Center at Potocari near Srebrenica.


PHOTO: Hollywood actress and UNICEF ambassador Mia Farrow (R) meets relatives of victims of 1995 Srebrenica massacre of more than 8,000 Bosniaks as she visits the cemetery where victims are buried in Srebrenica December 6, 2007.


PHOTO: Hollywood actress and UNICEF ambassador Mia Farrow (L) places flowers as she visits the cemetery where genocide victims of 1995 Srebrenica massacre of more than 8,000 Bosniak men and boys are buried in Srebrenica December 6, 2007.


PHOTO: Hollywood actress and UNICEF ambassador Mia Farrow (R) holds hands with a relative of genocide victims of 1995 Srebrenica massacre of more than 8,000 Bosniak men and boys as she visits their cemetery in Srebrenica December 6, 2007.


PHOTO: Hollywood actress and UNICEF ambassador Mia Farrow visits the cemetery where genocide victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of more than 8,000 Bosniak men and boys are buried in Srebrenica December 6, 2007.


PHOTO: Hollywood actress and UNICEF ambassador Mia Farrow(L) and activists of The Dream for Darfur organization carry an Olympic-style torch together with survivors of Srebrenica genocide in Sarajevo.

PHOTO: Hollywood actress and UNICEF ambassador Mia Farrow lights an Olympic-style torch together with survivors of Bosnia’s genocide, Hatidza Mehmedovic, in Sarajevo, Bosnia on Friday, Dec. 7, 2007. Mia Farrow is part of a campaign that calls on China to press Sudan to end abuses in its Darfur region.

  1. Owen
    December 8, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    It must be harrowing to have to relive the experience you have been through by deciding to take action on behalf of people to whom the same is happening today. The message the Mothers of Srebrenica are sending to China about Darfur is all the more forceful because they are who they are.

  2. Shaina
    December 14, 2007 at 3:04 am

    Thanks for the article.

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