Srebrenica Massacre: 25 years on, Dead Still Being Identified, Buried

World | Associated Press | July 10, 2020, 9:17 am
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 A quarter of a century after they were killed in Europe’s worst massacre since World War II, eight Bosnian men and boys will be laid to rest in a cemetery just outside of Srebrenica — their marble gravestones joining thousands more, each with the same month and year of death. (Image: AP)
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A quarter of a century after they were killed in Europe’s worst massacre since World War II, eight Bosnian men and boys will be laid to rest in a cemetery just outside of Srebrenica — their marble gravestones joining thousands more, each with the same month and year of death. (Image: AP)

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 Over 8,000 Bosnian Muslims perished in 10 days of slaughter after the town was overrun by Bosnian Serb forces in the closing months of the country's 1992-95 fratricidal war. Their executioners tried to ensure they would never get the sort of memorial Srebrenica holds every year. (Image: AP)
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Over 8,000 Bosnian Muslims perished in 10 days of slaughter after the town was overrun by Bosnian Serb forces in the closing months of the country's 1992-95 fratricidal war. Their executioners tried to ensure they would never get the sort of memorial Srebrenica holds every year. (Image: AP)

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 But, since 1996, Bosnian and international scientists have slowly unlocked what was once described as the “biggest forensic puzzle anywhere in the world,” unearthing the bones from those gruesome death pits and connecting them with the names of the people they belonged to. (Image: AP)
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But, since 1996, Bosnian and international scientists have slowly unlocked what was once described as the “biggest forensic puzzle anywhere in the world,” unearthing the bones from those gruesome death pits and connecting them with the names of the people they belonged to. (Image: AP)

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 Bosnians, some of them survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, wearing face masks for protection against the COVID-19 infection, walk through a mountain area near Crni Vrh, Bosnia. (Image: AP)
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Bosnians, some of them survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, wearing face masks for protection against the COVID-19 infection, walk through a mountain area near Crni Vrh, Bosnia. (Image: AP)

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 Bosnians, some of them survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, walk through a mountain area near Crni Vrh, Bosnia. (Image: AP)
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Bosnians, some of them survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, walk through a mountain area near Crni Vrh, Bosnia. (Image: AP)

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 Muslim members of the Bosnian presidency Sefik Dzaferovic along with officials place flowers on a van, as hundreds of people turned out in Sarajevo's main street to pay respects to eight victims of the Srebrenica massacre. (Image: AP)
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Muslim members of the Bosnian presidency Sefik Dzaferovic along with officials place flowers on a van, as hundreds of people turned out in Sarajevo's main street to pay respects to eight victims of the Srebrenica massacre. (Image: AP)

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 Women, wearing protective gloves and masks for protection against coronavirus, pray as hundreds of people turned out in Sarajevo's main street to pay respects to eight victims of the Srebrenica massacre. (Image: AP)
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Women, wearing protective gloves and masks for protection against coronavirus, pray as hundreds of people turned out in Sarajevo's main street to pay respects to eight victims of the Srebrenica massacre. (Image: AP)

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 Women, wearing protective gloves and masks for protection against coronavirus, pray as hundreds of people turned out in Sarajevo's main street, to pay respects to 8 victims of the Srebrenica massacre. (Image: AP)
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Women, wearing protective gloves and masks for protection against coronavirus, pray as hundreds of people turned out in Sarajevo's main street, to pay respects to 8 victims of the Srebrenica massacre. (Image: AP)

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 Vans draped with the Bosnian flag drive, as hundreds of people turned out in Sarajevo's main street to pay respects to eight victims of the Srebrenica massacre as three white vans carried their coffins to a final resting place. (Image: AP)
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Vans draped with the Bosnian flag drive, as hundreds of people turned out in Sarajevo's main street to pay respects to eight victims of the Srebrenica massacre as three white vans carried their coffins to a final resting place. (Image: AP)

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 People place flowers on vans as hundreds of people turned out in Sarajevo's main street to pay respects to eight victims of the Srebrenica massacre as three white vans carried their coffins to a final resting place. (Image: AP)
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People place flowers on vans as hundreds of people turned out in Sarajevo's main street to pay respects to eight victims of the Srebrenica massacre as three white vans carried their coffins to a final resting place. (Image: AP)

  • First Published: July 9, 2020, 6:14 pm

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