the Srebrenica tragedy
17th anniversary of the Srebrenica tragedy
About 30,000 people gathered for the reburials of 520 people in Potocari. Among those to be reburied on Wednesday are said to be 48 teenagers. Nearly 7,000 victims have been identified, but the search goes on.
Coffins containing the identified bodies of victims of the Srebrenica genocide are stored in the abandoned hall of a car battery factory in Potocari, Srebrenica Municipality, where the Dutch had a peace keeping base that was overrun by Bosnian Muslim refugees after the fall of Srebrenica enclave in May 1995. In July 1995, the refugees were handed over to the Serbs and then divided women and children put on buses and then sent to Tuzla, and the men and older teenage boys were taken into the forests, shot and killed and put into mass graves. The Bosnian Serb troops had tried to hide the scale of the killings by digging up bodies from mass graves and dumping them in a number of the so called "secondary" grave sites.