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933 BODY REMAINS OF SREBRENICA GENOCIDE VICTIMS EXHUMED FROM KAMENICA MASS GRAVES “11” & “12”

November 28, 2008


PHOTO: A forensic expert, a member of the International Commission for Missing Persons ICMP, marks body parts of Srebrenica genocide victims before excavation at a mass-grave site in the remote mountain area in the village of Kamenica near the Eastern-Bosnian town of Zvornik and some 30km away from Srebrenica (November 2008).

Federal News Agency (FENA) reported that expert team of the Institute for Missing Persons in Tuzla (ICMP) exhumed 50 complete and 883 partial human remains of Srebrenica genocide victims from mass graves “Kamenica 11” and “Kamenica 12.”

Murat Husic, head of the expert team, confirmed these are remains of Srebrenica Bosniaks killed in July 1995. Mass graves also contained victims’ personal belongings. All remains will undergo DNA identification process. According to the number of revealed victims’ remains, these are the largest mass graves recovered in Podrinje. Exhumation from mass grave “Kamenica 11” shall continue while “Kamenica 12” will be closed.

The 1995 Srebrenica genocide claimed lives of 8,000 – 10,000 Bosniaks – men, children, and elderly. More than 4,000 bodies of Srebrenica genocide victims have so far been exhumed from 12 mass graves along the 7-mile road from Srebrenica to the village of Kamenica. The area is more commonly known as “Death Valley.”

Kamenica is also the place of the largest mass grave found to date. In August 2006, the bodies of more than 1,000 victims of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide had been exhumed from Kamenica. At that time, the team had exhumed 144 complete and 1,009 partial skeletons. The remains were heavily damaged, a typical feature of “secondary” mass graves to which victims’ bodies are moved from an original burial site in an attempt to hide a crime. The excavation team found bullets mixed with body parts, and plastic and cloth bindings around the victims’ arms. Much of the moving was done with bulldozers, which complicates the identification process.

As a result, thousands of bodies still await DNA-identification process run by the International Commission on Missing Persons. According to the director general of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), Kathryne Bomberger, DNA confirmed at least 8,000 Srebrenica genocide victims (interview).


PHOTO: Forensic worker, a member of International Commission for Missing Persons ICMP, shows a pocket watch found on a body of a Srebrenica genocide victim at a mass-grave site in the remote mountain area in the village of Kamenica near the Eastern-Bosnian town of Zvornik (November 2008).


PHOTO: Forensic experts from the International Commission for Missing Persons (ICMP) search for human remains in a mass grave containing bodies of Bosniaks Muslims from Srebrenica, in the village of Kamenica (November 2008).


PHOTO: Forensic expert Sharna Daley, of London, a member of the International Commission for Missing Persons, (ICMP), inspects body remains of Srebrenica genocide victims at a mass-grave site in a remote mountain area in the village of Kamenica (November 2008).


PHOTO: A team of Bosnian forensic experts, member of International Commission for Missing Persons ICMP, excavate a mass grave site containing remains of Srebrenica genocide victims in the village of Kamenica, near the Eastern-Bosnian town of Zvornik (November 2008).


PHOTO: A forensic expert from the International Commission for Missing Persons (ICMP) searches for human remains of Srebrenica genocide victims in a mass grave containing bodies of Bosniaks (Muslims) from Srebrenica, in the village of Kamenica, in the Serb controlled part of the country (November 2008).


PHOTO: A forensic expert, a member of the International Commission for Missing Persons ICMP, inspects the bones of Srebrenica genocide victims at a mass-grave site in the remote mountain area in the village of Kamenica near Zvornik.


PHOTO: Forensic archaeologist Esma Alicehajic of Manchester, England, of the International Commission for Missing Persons ICMP, inspects human remains of Srebrenica genocide victims at a mass-grave site in remote mountain area in the village of Kamenica (October 2008).


PHOTO: Srebrenica genocide mass grave site in a remote mountain area near the village of Kamenica (September 2008).


PHOTO: Forensic experts of the International Commission for Missing Persons (ICMP) search for human remains in a mass grave in remote mountain near the village of Kamenica (August 2008).

We have more coverage about Kamenica mass graves:

4,000 Srebrenica Genocide Victims Unearthed from Kamenica Mass Graves (Oct 7, 2008)
About 5,200 victims of Europe’s worst genocide since World War 2 have been identified through DNA analysis so far. Approximately, 4000 victims were unearthed from 10 Kamenica mass graves.

More Srebrenica Genocide Victims Exhumed from Death Valley (Sep 22, 2008)
The victims were initially buried in a dozen mass graves. But after the release of satellite pictures showing large portions of freshly disturbed ground, Serbs moved them to other locations in order to cover up the crimes…

Photos of Srebrenica Genocide Victims Misused by Serbian Nationalists (Dec 6, 2007)
This kind of propaganda can be only produced by the sickest minds in order to misinform the public; and this is what they have been doing for the last 15 years with their bold faced lies and propaganda…

Kamenica Death Valley Yields 616 More Corpses (Nov 23, 2007)
We found 76 complete and 540 incomplete bodies,” said Ismet Musić, an official of the regional commission for missing persons, standing on the edge of a muddy grave where white-clad forensic pathologists cleaned up bones. This brings the total number of exhumed bodies to over 4,200 just from the “Death Valley” area alone…

More Victims Found as 11th Anniversary of Genocide Looms (Jul 6, 2006)
Forensic experts said on Thursday they had unearthed the remains of 268 victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre – the first legally established case of genocide in Europe after the Holocaust – days before its 11th anniversary…

11th Anniversary of the Massacre (Jul 11, 2006)
Meanwhile, new Srebrenica victims were being unearthed at one of the largest mass graves discovered last month in the village of Kamenica, some 30 kilometers from Srebrenica. Among them – body remains of children; the youngest victim was a 10 year old girl…

Kamenica Mass Grave Yields Over 1,000 Body Parts (Aug 11, 2006)
A 10-person team, including forensic experts from Canada and Serbia employed by the Bosnia-based International Commission on Missing Persons, worked in the 18-meter by 4-meter (60 ft by 13 ft) grave…

Srebrenica Genocide: Crime Against All Humanity (Aug 18, 2006)
In Potocari on July 12 a 14-year-old Bosniak girl hung herself with her scarf after she and her 12-year old cousin were raped by Serb soldiers. By this time Serb soldiers had killed at least 99 people, including 20 to 30 women and children…

Genocide Trial Without Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic (Aug 22, 2006)
“Defenceless men and boys [were] executed by firing squads, buried in mass graves and then dug up and buried again in an attempt to conceal the truth from the world.” Chief U.N. Prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, said many victims had been bound and blindfolded “to make the murder easier for the executioners”…

Srebrenica Genocide Trials and Mass Graves (Sep 18, 2006)
Ahmo Hasic “believed to be one of only 12 men who survived the slaughter of 8,000 Bosniak men and boys” told the judges he stayed alive only by playing dead after Serb soldiers started shooting.The trial chamber heard a similar testimony last week from Mevludin Oric who described how he lay under a pile of dead bodies for several hours…

  1. Owen
    November 29, 2008 at 10:44 am

    More mass graves containing large numbers of reburied remains. The claims that were made that the missing individuals were soldiers killed in combat were always wilfully misleading. Now the propagandists and deniers need to be held to account.

    Darko Trifunovic, the author of the first Republika Srpska report on Srebrenica (claiming that only about a hundred Bosnian Muslims were killed in error by Bosnian Serb soldiers unaware of the rules of war) has yet to make any public correction of his ludicrous report, in spite of the fact that he continues to tout himself as an international security expert.

    The propagandists’ attempts to falsify history are refuted by the dumb testimony of these bones.

    Your reporting this almost endless succession of discoveries is a deafening reproach in itself to all those people who have laid their lies over the earth that was intended to bury the truth.

  2. Taras
    December 1, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Unless humanity does everything to ensure that these Bosniak people did not die in vain, more and more and more people will die like that.

    The ICMP is helping humanity do its horrible homework.

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