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MASSACRE OF 62 CHILDREN IN SREBRENICA, 152 WOUNDED

October 21, 2008

UPDATE #2
October 22nd, 2008
17:32 PM


THE IDENTITY OF A “FACELESS CHILD VICTIM” REVEALED:

Disclaimer: Video clip features a survivor of child massacre in Srebrenica covered in blood and reaching to his mom and brother. Watch at your own discretion.

We would like to thank photographer James Mason (web site) for raisingthe awareness of the suffering of civilians in the Balkans during 1990’s, as well as allowing us to use his copyrighted photos of a blinded child from Srebrenica here on Srebrenica Genocide Blog. James is a wonderful human being and we thank him dearly for documenting this horrible tragedy. We hope his photos will serve as a reminder that Srebrenica must never be forgotten. With the help from our readers, we were able to identify the child victim featured in James’ photos. His name is Sead Bekric. He lost his sight, but he survived a brutal massacre of children in Srebrenica.

“Something caused the cease-fire to break down and an explosion went off in the field, killing 62 children and wounding 152 others. Bekric was hit with shrapnel on the left side of his face, breaking his skull into 24 pieces,” reported Tampa Bay Newspapers and included Sead Bekric’s latest photo.

Sead Bekric was only 12 years old when he lost his eyes. According to People magazine’s contemporary account, “On Sunday, April 11 [1993], the 12-year-old Muslim boy was playing soccer in the embattled Bosnian city of Srebrenica when a Serbian artillery shell exploded on the field, killing several of his friends. As Sead ran over to help, shrapnel from a second shell tore into his face, shattering his nose and left eye socket and severely injuring his right eye. He was left blind.”

A few days later, Sead Bekric was transported from Srebrenica to Tuzla where photographer James Mason managed to take his photos and document this horrific crime. “As soldiers unloaded the injured, a CNN camera crew recorded an unnamed, bandaged and bloodied boy, accompanied by his mother and younger brother. The boy reached over to touch the smaller child’s face, begging him to be brave.”

Soon, he was evacuated from Tuzla to the United States where he learned the braille – a method that is widely used by blind people to read and write. He also graduated from highschool and got his university degree in the United States – all with top honors.

“I am ready to live with my disability for the rest of my life. I am grateful that I am not one of those dead that were left on soccer field. I’m here to learn to adopt to the blindness. Learn a new life and deal as it is,” said Sead Bekric (as quoted in Tampa Bay News)
.

VIDEO: Mother and brother visiting blinded Bosnian War victim Sead Bekric while he recovers at hospital in Tuzla. The victim is covered in blood. Younger brother is crying at bedside. Licence fee is required to view full version.

Sead Bekric also appeared at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and offered his testimony about the life in Srebrenica under siege. His testimony about Serbia’s aerial bombing of the enclave is of particular importance, and it is still unclear as to why Bosnia’s legal team hadn’t invited him to testify in a case of Bosnia vs Serbia at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
Short excerpt from Sead Bekric’s testimony at the ICTY (lines 24-11, page 9569):

/ 24 A. Yes. Later on when we tried to my sister and I tried to go back
/ 25 to Voljevica to gain food, there was fighter planes flying from Serbia
/ Page 9569
/ 1 area, from Bratunac area — in Serbia from Bratunac, that direction, and
/ 2 other side of Drina going towards Bjelovac and bombing continuously that
/ 3 area. That was not a small planes that were bombing on the second day.
/ 4 That was fighter actual fighter planes.
/ 5 Q. So when did you see the fighter planes, what time of day?
/ 6 A. Mid-day probably noon or so, sometime that time, mid-day.
/ 7 Q. And is that on the same day, the second day as you’re describing
/ 8 it?
/ 9 A. The second day when I saw those biplanes and those planes bombing
/ 10 I saw them but a few days after I tried to attempt to go to Voljevica I
/ 11 saw the mixed bombed area.”

Related documents:
Partial list of Srebrenica Genocide child victims is located
here (only covers period of July 1995).

  1. abdelkrim
    October 22, 2008 at 9:44 am

    What a brave little guy. do you know what became of him?

    And there must be so many more like him, crippled, traumatised, bereaved, expeled, foully murdered. Please continue showing their faces, get them out of anonimity, keep the world from forgetting, show the world ehat genocide is, what the “RS” really stands for!

    But: how can the survivors get retribution? How can the Serbs be brought to apologize? How can Bosnia be made whole again?

    This is my dearest wish, to see it realised, to see Srebrenica no longer as a place of despair, to see it free and prosperous once more.

    Until this does not happen, unfortunately I can’t come there, much as I would like to say a prayer for the posily 11.000 but surely more than 8.000 martyrs who were murdered here alone. I don’t want some ch****k scum to give me revisionist and pro-genocidal prattle, nor do I wish that some “RS” policeman (and possibly participant in the horrible things that took place here) treat me like they did the bereaved women who wanted o lay down flowers at the place their loved oines were murdered and were callously turned away. That goes to show what the “RS” really stands for and why it must not be allowed to exist any longer.

    Bosniaks, see what happened to the Spanish Muslims of the Middle Ages. Don’t let it happen to you.
    Never forget, the descendants of the Spanish Muslims in North Africa haven’t forgotten either, not after over 500 years.

    But you can’t begin anew in North Africa, Bosnia is your home and you are entitled to it.

    Kindest greetings from somebody who will always be on your side.

  2. Sarah Franco
    October 24, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    abdelkrim,

    with all respect, by putting this as a Muslim matter and comparing it to Spain in the Midlle Ages you are not doing a good service to the cause of truth and justice in Bosnia.

    the duty of memory goes beyond religious or ethnic affiliation. Many non-Muslims like myself are solidary and aware of the need to fight denial, because it is a matter of human dignity, or, as Montesquieu put it:

    an injustice made to one is a treath to all.

  3. Owen
    October 25, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Abdelkrim, if you want to take us back to 1492 you’re putting the carpet out for other people who want to take us back to 1389.

  4. Anonymous
    October 30, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    To Owen and Sarah Franco:
    I really appreciate what you do here. Sorry to contradict you, but this is a Muslim matter. The victims in Srebrenica were all Muslims.It is not important whether they were particularly religious or not. And there is no better example for what the Serbs tried to do to the Bosnian Muslims than what the succesive Spanish governments did to the Spanish Muslims between 1492 and 1614. Except maybe for what happened to the Palestinians after 1948.
    And you should know that many Serbs, especially the Orthodox clergy, have very medieval ideas. Not me. But sometimes I think that the medieval punishments corresponding to their crimes would be just. If it were up to me I would make them pay, to the last man. And I will tell you why. Not only did they commit the worst crimes since WWII They are also proud of it. No Serb has apologized nor shown regret. I despise them.
    There was this 17-year old Serb girl of Srebrenica who publicly expressed her contempt and hate for the Muslims. She can have been only a child in 1995. Yet she parrots the Chetnik propaganda. If it were up to me I would force her to dig up the victims from the mass graves with her bare hands, and then I would drag her along all across Bosnia on her knees and make her apologize to all and any Muzslims that came my way. And I’ll tell you more, reconciliation may be all right and is very necessary, for Bosnia must not be partitioned. But some people and some things, the more you understand them, the more you hate them.
    The cowards, did you notice in the infamous “Skorpioni” video that they shot their victims inthe back? Because they were too cowardly to look them in the eyes.
    Why should I feel respect for such people? And when you confront them with the genocide of Srebrenica, Zepa, Kozarac, Zvornik and other places, they first pretend it never happened, then try to relativise it, to deny it, to justify it and finally resort to anger and even violence. In my eyes they are as guilty as the murderers themselves (and if they have the right age they could very well be). Their souls are black, their hearts are cold and hard as stone, their minds are filled with evil. May they never find peace, not in this world nor in the next. And it does involve me personally, and just so you see I am not a heartless person, I will tell you why: in 1995 I knew and befriended some young girls from Zvornik, who had ben expelled by the Chetniks and were lucky to get out alive, but only with the clothing they wore. They and their murdered fathers,brothers and relatives have my sympathy, but for those who robbed them of all they had and of their future, I feel nothing but hate and contempt, and will so even if I live to be 200.
    I am only sympathetic to those Serbs and Croats who stood by their Muslim friends, for example in Baljvina, ther only town in the “RS” where the local Serbs chased away the Chetniks, and where no ethnic cleansing took place. I hope you will not censor me for that.

    Abdelkrim el Khattabi

  5. elvedina2006
    March 3, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    This is such an amazing story. Am so grateful to the people that saved Sead and happy to see that he is doing well.

  6. Daniel
    March 9, 2009 at 6:12 am

    Elvedina, there is one more article about Sead Bekric at this link.

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