Srebrenica Peace March heads off from Nezuk to Potocari

NEWS 08.07.2021 09:06
Source: N1/Rasim Pavica

This year's Peace March left from the camp in Nezuk at 8 am, with 2,700 participants setting off on a 100-kilometre journey, which they will cross on foot in three stages, to the final destination - Potocari.

Survivors of genocide, children of killed Srebrenica residents, but also those who were not even born at that time, are also taking part in the March.

Along the path from 1995, many lost their lives, and traces are still visible today, 26 years after the genocide.
On this year’s anniversary, 19 genocide victims will be buried in the Potocari Memorial Centre on July 11.

The youngest victim to be buried this year is 16-year-old Azmir Osmanovic, while the oldest is 63-year-old Husein Kurbasic. Among them is the 24-year-old Zilha Delic. This year, father and son Hajro and Jusuf Aljic will be buried.

The column of the Peace March “Nezuk – Potocari”, a memorial event held every year in July, on the occasion of the anniversary of the genocide against the Bosniaks of Srebrenica, is on the same path which the victims and survivors sought to save themselves in July 1995.

During the 1992-1995 Bosnian war for independence from the former Yugoslavia, the country lost over 100,000 people, over 8,000 of which were lost in July 1995 in Srebrenica, when Bosnian Serb forces, which received financial and logistical support both from Serbian authorities and individuals during the war, overrun the then UN-protected zone of Srebrenica.

Their bodies were subsequently buried in primary, secondary and even tertiary mass graves in an attempt to hide the crimes and make identification of victims impossible. Thanks to state of the art DNA labs, all the bodies that were buried at the Memorial Centre were positively identified.

The bodies of victims that were not identified are still held in morgues waiting for their relatives to give their DNA samples. Unfortunately, many have died before their loved ones were exhumated making it impossible to identify a small number of skeletal remains.

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.


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