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ANNIVERSARY: MASSACRE OF CHILDREN IN SREBRENICA, CRIMES AGAINST BOSNIAKS BEFORE GENOCIDE

April 14, 2009
On April 12th 1993, Serbs from heavily armed villages around Srebrenica massacred 74 Bosniak children and seriously injured more than 152 children in front of Srebrenica’s elementary school.


PHOTO: The blood-spattered Muslim survivor of the 1993 Srebrenica child massacre, identified as Sead Bekric, in hospital with his mom and brother. Click on a photo to view higher resolution.

On April 12th 1993, Serbs from militarized villages around Srebrenica attacked the town with heavy artillery hitting hospitals and schools. In this brutal attack, Serbs instantly killed 62 Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) children, and injured more than 100 children in front of Srebrenica’s elementary school.

Another 12 children died in a hospital as a result of serious injuries sustained during the heavy artillery attack, bringing the total number od dead to 74.

Relatives of the victims visited this place again on Sunday to lay down flowers and pay respect to their loved ones, as well as to commemorate the 16th anniversary of this horrible crime against the children.

Bosnian Serb police was in charge of securing this peaceful commemoration and no incidents were reported.

Another event, titled Crimes Against Bosniaks Before July 1995 Genocide, was held in Srebrenica’s Cultural Center. The scheduled panel of speakers included Osman Suljić, mayor of Srebrenica municipality; Zulfo Salihović, vice president of Srebrenica municipality; Prof. Dr. Smail Čekić, Director of the Institute for Research of Crimes Against Humanity and International Law; and human rights activists Fadila Memišević i Hatidža Mehmedović.

Between 1991-1995 – not including the 1995 genocide – Serbs around Srebrenica torched approximately 95% of all Muslim villages in Podrinje region (where Srebrenica is located) and murdered more than 1,000 Bosniaks in brutal raids, ethnic cleansing, and horrific practices of torture. In 1992 alone, Serbs ethnically cleansed more than 90% of pre-dominanly Bosniak territory in Podrinje. To view photos of Serb terror around Srebrenica, click here.

DO NOT FORGET.

Note: You can view short video clip from Associated Press (for full-length video, you need to purchase a licence), at this link.


PHOTO: The blood-spattered Muslim survivor of the 1993 Srebrenica child massacre, identified as Sead Bekric, in hospital with his mom. Click on a photo to view higher resolution.

  1. Anonymous
    April 16, 2009 at 4:06 am

    Never,never forget, day by day we havto write about this crime that never ever happen again

  2. Owen
    April 17, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Dan, thanks for commemorating the anniversary. There were so many large scale atrocities like Srebrenica, Omarska, the siege of Sarajevo, to remember but as Anonymous just said, it’s important to remember all the other smaller, less obvious parts of the jigsaw puzzle, to make sure that we don’t fall into the trap of thinking that genocide is just the headline events. For example, Visegrad92 has just posted a message at Visegrad Genocide Memories about evidence being given in the Lukic trial by a survivor of the Paklenik Massacre. 50 men separated, executed and their bodies dumped in a ravine near Visegrad and hardly anyone in the world outside knows anything about it – just another massacre. All these “just another” massacres (if I may be excused putting it like that) are part of the substance of genocide.
    http://genocideinvisegrad.wordpress.com/2009/04/15/lukics-attempt-to-buy-alibi/

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