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The Pain Never Ends: Commemorating The Srebrenica Genocide As New Victims Are Buried

In the closing months of Bosnia's 1992–95 fratricidal war, over 8,000 Muslim Bosniak men and boys were summarily executed in Srebrenica. The Srebrenica killings were the only episode of the war, in which some 100,000 people died, to be legally defined as genocide, including by two United Nations courts.



Muslim women pray next to 30 coffins containing the remains of their loved ones in Potocari, Bosnia-Herzegovina, on July 9. Their family members were victims of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide. The remains were to be buried on July 11 following a commemorative ceremony marking the 28th anniversary of the massacre, Europe's only acknowledged genocide since World War II, Armin Durgut, AP


Muslim men carry coffins containing the remains of recently identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide. Among the remains are those of four minors who were 15 and 16 years of age when they were killed, Armin Durgut, AP


Samed Alic mourns with his daughter next to the coffin containing the remains of his father at the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Center on July 10, Armin Durgut, AP


U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina Michael Murphy kneels next to the coffins containing the remains of the newly identified victims, Armin Durgut, AP


Muslim men carry coffins containing the remains of their recently identified relatives that were interned on July 11, AP


A Bosnian woman is comforted as she weeps over the coffin containing the remains of a relative, Armin Durgut, AP


More than 8,000 Bosniak boys and men were killed by Bosnian Serb troops in 1995. After a funeral for the 30 victims on July 11 the memorial center will be the final resting place for 6,752 genocide victims. The rest of the victims are either still missing or buried elsewhere, Armin Durgut, AP


A Bosnian Muslim woman mourns next to the graves of her children and husband on July 11, Armin Durgut, AP


Bosnian Grand Mufti Efendi prays with the families as their relatives' coffins await burial, Edib Bajrovic, RFE/RL


Mourners gather for the religious ceremony before the burial of the genocide victims, Mahir Sijamija, RFE/RL

A Bosnian Muslim woman mourns next to the grave of a relative during the commemoration ceremony. Many Serbs deny the extent of the killings, adding to the suffering of the survivors. Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik has previously called the genocide "a fabricated myth," Armin Durgut, AP

 

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