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The Srebrenica genocide, 15 years later

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This week
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. In April 1993 the United Nations had declared the besieged enclave of Srebrenica a “safe area” under U.N. protection. However, in July 1995 the United Nations Protection Force, represented by a contingent of armed Dutch peacekeepers, failed to prevent the town’s capture by Serbian forces. It also failed to stop the subsequent massacre by the Bosnian Serbs of more than 8,000 civilians and prisoners, mostly men and boys.

Ziyah Gafic made this video at the burial ceremony for some 775 victims whose bodies were exhumed from mass graves to be reburied at the Potocari Memorial Centre in the suburbs of Srebrenica, Bosnia. U.N. translator Hasan Nuhanovic, who was there at the time, describes the scene and his memories of what happened.

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