CITY OF KENTWOOD IN MICHIGAN PROCLAIMS SREBRENICA REMEMBRANCE DAY
Photo: Kentwood, Michigan, City Hall.
This is the second year that Mayor Richard Root and the City Council supported and adopted similiar proclamation. Kentwood has a large Bosnian American population. Congress of North American Bosniaks is thankful for the City elected and administrative officials support.
HISTORY: From 1992-1995 Serbs from heavily militarized villages around Srebrenica had forced approximately 40,000 Bosnian Muslim refugees to live in the Srebrenica ghetto with little or no means of survival. Furthermore, Serbs around Srebrenica had terrorized Srebrenica population by constantly attacking neighbouring Bosnian Muslim villages. 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 Bosniaks, and summarily executed at least 8,372 Bosnian Muslims – boys, men, and elderly.