About a dozen Sarajevans went off Friday to a Peace March from Sarajevo to Nezuk for a 100-kilometre walk from the village of Nezuk to the Srebrenica Memorial Centre in Potocari, a marching the route survivors took to escape the Srebrenica genocide of 1995 in reverse.
The youngest participant is 16 and the oldest is 72. This year's
Peace March was limited in number to a 100, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
After laying flowers at the monument to the children of Sarajevo killed during the bloody Bosnian war of 1992-1995, the march participants headed off to Nezuk, saying the message of the march is the same as every year – to never forget the horrific crimes in Srebrenica, Drina river valley and the rest of Bosnia.
The Peace March is a three-day event organised since 2004 in the framework of the Srebrenica genocide commemoration. It symbolizes the preservation of memory and prevention of denial of what took place in the summer of 1995 in the eastern-Bosnian town of Srebrenica and its surroundings.
In April 1993, the UN had declared the besieged enclave of the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica a safe area under UN protection.
However, in July 1995, the Dutch battalion failed to prevent the town's capture by the Bosnian Serb forces and the massacre that followed.
More than 8,000 Bosniak men and boys were killed in the days following July 11, 1995, and so far the remains of more than 6,600 have been found and buried.
The International Criminal Tribunal (ICTY) for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Court of Justice later ruled that the massacre was an act of genocide.
International and regional courts have sentenced 45 people for what happened in Srebrenica to a total of more than 700 years behind bars. Those who the ICTY sentenced to life imprisonment are Ljubisa Beara, Zdravko Tolimir, and Vujadin Popovic. But the most well known alleged masterminds of what happened in Srebrenica are former Bosnian Serb politician Radovan Karadzic and ex Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic, and both have been sentenced for it but have appealed.