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October 18, 2008
During the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1992-1995), militarized Serb villages around Srebrenica were used as bases to attack, terrorize, and kill Bosniak (Muslim) civilians in the besieged enclave of Srebrenica. According to the 1993 Demilitarization Agreement, the Serbs were required to withdraw their heavy weapons before the Bosniaks gave up their weapons. The Serb Army never demilitarized around the enclave. Throughout the conflict, they violated cease fire agreements, held Srebrenica under the siege, blocked humanitarian convoys, shelled Bosniak refugees in the enclave. In July 1995, Serb Army committed Srebrenica genocide resulting in summary executions of at least 8,372 men, children, and elderly Bosniaks, including a UN-assisted ethnic cleansing of approximately 20,000 women.

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PHOTO CAPTION #1: You’re looking at a photo of a child victim from Srebrenica. Unfortunately, you cannot see his eyes. Shrapnel from a mortar had swept away this boy’s eyes and blinded him. This tragey occured in 1993. Credits: James Mason (original source). For higher resolution, click photo to enlarge.

PHOTO CAPTION #2: The boy is being led by his family. The shrapnel badly injured his face and head and swept away his eyes. Credits: James Mason (original source). For higher resolution, click photo to enlarge.

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  1. Owen
    October 19, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    I think this boy is Sead Bekric. He was evacuated to the U.S. He seems to have been a very strong character and has made a successful life for himself in spite of his terrible experience.


  2. Sebaneau
    October 20, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Karadzic’s broken Bosnia endures
    Alan Little, Newsnight, BBC2, 17 September 2008

  3. Sarah Franco
    October 20, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    You should really think of putting the content of this blog into a book. Not only would you provide a valuable source, but above all websites come and go, but the books stay, they are registered, they become part of libraries and they are still considered more credible as sources that we can quote or cite.

    As your reader and researcher I am very grateful for this blog and admire your dedication. I hope you consider my suggestion.

  4. Sebaneau
    October 20, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Roman mosaic near Srebrenica has been found

    14. October 2008.

    A mosaic floor from the Roman era, the largest ever to be found in the Balkans, was discovered by Bosnian archaeologists in Skelani, near Srebrenica, in the eastern part of Bosnia, media reported.

    A mosaic floor from the Roman era, the largest ever to be found in the Balkans, was discovered by Bosnian archaeologists in Skelani, near Srebrenica, in the eastern part of Bosnia, media reported.

    At a depth between 80 and 180 centimetres below the ground’s surface, archaeologists discovered the ruins of buildings and streets of the Roman town, as well as the mosaic flooring that has been dated to the first century A.D. “

    We have discovered the largest Roman mosaic ever to be found in the Balkans, and maybe even Europe”, said the director of the local museum in Bijeljina, Mirko Babic, who heads the team of archaeologists.

    “There are – he added – 40 square metres of mosaics unique for the diversity of colours, images and ornaments of marvellous vividness”.

    The ruins of buildings and streets discovered up to this point indicate, Babic said, that Skelani was a rich and important centre in the Roman era.

  5. Kirk Johnson
    October 20, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    I second Sarah’s comment, Daniel. Put your stuff together, do some editing, format it, and get it between covers.

  6. Shaina
    November 1, 2008 at 1:04 am

    I’m pretty sure Owen’s right, the boy in the picture is probably Sead. If you google his name there are a number of articles on him, and he does seem to have made a success out of himself.

    The tragedy which caused Sead to lose his eye sight was the April 1993 shelling of a soccer field in Srebrenica. The tragedy is documented with emotion and heartbreaking graphic details in (among other sources) Larry Hollingsworth’s “Merry Christmas Mr. Larry.” which documents his experience as an UN aid official in Bosnia, with chapters on Zepa, Srebrenica, Cerska, Konjevic Polje and Gorazde, among others.
    The horrible and senseless mass murder of scores of people (including 15 children) that day was one of the emotional turning points in getting UN involvement and Srebrenica becoming a Safe Area.

    Anyway, hope that helps.

  7. Anonymous
    January 11, 2009 at 12:31 am

    why can’t the rest of the world not do a thing to the murderers
    come on people

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