Remains of identity
As a result of war, genocide, crimes against humanity and international law the disappearance of approximately 30,000 people in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been documented. Two thousand fifteen marks the twenty years since the Srebrenica genocide. In the period of few days in July 1995, at least 8,300 Bosnian Muslims were assassinated in a shooting range or mercilessly killed. Men and boys were systematically massacred and buried in mass graves. All of these atrocities occurred while the victims were under the protection of UN peacekeeping forces.
Of more than 30,000 missing persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina, nearly 23,000 have been found – the largest number of recovered and identified missing persons following an armed conflict anywhere in the world. Progress has been made, but it is important not to stop the process of searching for more those 8,000 still missing to provide closure for their families and allow them to bury their loved ones with dignity.
The mass graves in Bosnia and Herzegovina are some of the worst ever seen and required unique approaches to identifying the victims recovered from them. More than 90,000 people have donated their blood to International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), hoping to find out the destiny of their loved ones. Finding out what happened to these missing persons is not only a problem for their family members, but also a problem for Bosnia and Herzegovina as a whole society. The identification of remains is essential to the process for peace building and stability in Bosnia and Herzegovina.