VIDEO: RON HAVIV EYEWITNESS TESTIMONY
Srebrenica genocide videos documented and published by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. can be viewed at this link.
They had taken a middle-aged man and a woman out of one of the houses. And the woman was screaming. And the soldiers were screaming. And they were screaming at me not to take photographs. And some shots rang out and the man fell to the ground.
A few minutes later, they brought out another woman and thenthey shot her as well.
And, and then things sort of calmed down for a bit, and then they brought out two more people, and they said “Look, look, he’s from Kosovo. He’s a fundamentalist.” And he put his arms up and basically looked at me as if I was probably the only person that could save him, which, probably in his mind I was, but unfortunately there wasn’t really anything I could do.
They brought him to the headquarters and as I was standing there I heard a great crash and I looked up and out of a second floor window, this man came flying out and landed at my feet.
And amazingly, he survived the fall and they came over and they doused him with some water.
They said something like, “This is to purify Muslim extremists,” as they doused him in the water.
And they started kicking him and beating him and then dragged him back into the home.
I had to make sure there was a document, that there had to be evidence of this crime, of what was happening.
And that, I think, gave me the courage to try — to take those photographs.
I was shaking, for sure, when I was doing it because I realized how precarious everything was, but I really thought it was unbelievably important to be able to have the world see what happened.