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NEWBORN BABIES IN A MASS GRAVE

August 1, 2009
Fourteen years after the Srebrenica genocide, Dutch soldiers have discovered two mass graves on the premises of their former base, Bosnian media reported Friday. According to Bosnian media reports, Dutch soldiers buried at least six civilians and two newborns within their base. The civilians buried there died from natural causes or had committed suicide after rapes and torture by Serb soldiers.

“Although the group of Dutch soldiers probably wanted to clear their conscience by revealing the information about the existence of the two mass graves, the fact is that they were quiet for 14 years, during which there was a constant search for the missing Srebrenica people,” Federation Television, FTV, said in its report, which was also uploaded to YouTube.

From 1992-1995, Serbs from heavily militarized villages around Srebrenica had terrorized Srebrenica population and constantly attacked 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 people, summarily executed at least 8,372 boys, men, and elderly, and dumped them into mass graves.

  1. Srebrenica Genocide Blog Editor
    August 1, 2009 at 2:18 am

    In my opinion, these babies, as well as raped women who committed suicide should be included in the official list of the Srebrenica genocide. Raped women, for example, should be included in the list because they would never commit suicide had Serb soldiers not raped them.

    Rapes of women were an integral part of the Srebrenica genocide. The Serbs, said Johan Bos, a Dutch sergeant, “bragged about how they had murdered people and raped women….”

    "In one town, “three soldiers came onto the bus and told us to give them the youngest child …so they could slit its throat. Usually, though, the soldiers were content to rob and to rape, dragging out women of their choice, who wept and pleaded and did not return…"

    A testimony by Zarfa Turkovic is especially moving:

    "Zarfa Turkovic says she watched through half-closed eyes, pretending to sleep, hoping she would not be next, as four Bosnian Serb men raped a 28-year-old Muslim woman… Despite the presence of Dutch peacekeepers, the Turkovic says Bosnian Serbs raped a young victim from among the sleeping refugees. 'People were silent, no one moved. She was screaming and yelling and b egging them to stop. They put her a rag into her mouth, and then we were just hearing silent sobs coming from her closed lips. When they finished, the woman was left there.'"

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  2. elvedina2006
    August 1, 2009 at 2:37 am

    Nobody died from natural causes there, there is nothing natural about corralling people, raping and killing them. These babies were human beings born at the worst possible time. Their mothers did not have time to give them names or a chance to love them. How do you clean your conscience from not even trying to prevent this and keeping quiet for all these years? You cannot do that but we can recognize their horrible death so it does not happen to ANYBODY ever again.

  3. Emm
    August 1, 2009 at 8:11 am

    I agree with you editor. In addition, with rape being an official act of genocide, they are officially victims.

  4. owen
    August 1, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    These burials must have been reported by the soldiers involved to Dutchbat officers (one imagines they would have conducted the burial under orders).

    Why are the graves only now being investigated? In most jurisdictions if a person knows that a death has occurred and the death has not been medically certified they are supposed to notify an official medical examiner or investigator.

    If the Federal Commission for Missing Persons or the ICMP have not previously investigated the graves, presumably the appropriate authorities were never notified.

    What is the explanation for this fourteen year silence?

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