SREBRENICA PEACE MARCH 2009, 68 MILES LONG
July 10, 2009
The marking of the 14th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide started on Wednesday when several thousand people joined the annual 110 kilometres (68.35 miles) long Peace March, “March of Death, Road to Freedom.” Peace March 2009 is an event gathering participants from all over the world, held for already four years, in memory of the victims of genocide committed against the Bosniaks in Srebrenica – UN “Safe Zone”, in 1995.
LIVE TEXT MESSAGE UPDATES from this annual event are available from the official web site of the “March of Death, Road to Freedom:”
BACKGROUND: Serbs from heavily militarized villages around Srebrenica had terrorized Srebrenica population and constantly attacked neighbouring Bosnian Muslim villages from 1992-1995. In July 1995 the Bosnian Serb army staged a brutal takeover of Srebrenica and its surrounding area, where they proceeded to perpetrate genocide. Bosnian Serb soldiers separated Bosniak families, forcibly expelled 25,000-30,000 people, summarily executed at least 8,372 boys, men, and elderly, and dumped them into mass graves.