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Thousands of mourners gathered at the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial in Potocari on Thursday, to hold funerals and bury the remains of 33 newly identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.
All mourners who spoke on camera, said how hard it was to bury a relative and how their life was full of uncertainty the past 24 years, not having a place with the remains to go to in order to pray and cry.
Mirela Bekti, a relative of one of those being buried, said that “For 24 years, our life was uncertainty. Every year on this day we hoped for the day to bury his mortal remains here and to have place to come, pray and cry.”
“This is not a shame only of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this is a disgrace to the whole world. This happened in front of everyone’s eyes. Today, 24 years after I feel more anger. Why was this allowed?” Bekti added.
To this date 6,504 victims have been buried at the memorial-cemetery complex, although around 1,000 victims of Srebrenica, killed and buried in unmarked graves, have yet to be located or identified.
Over 8,000 Bosniak men and boys were murdered and thousands of women and girls were sexually assaulted and tortured when units of the Bosnian Serb Army of Republika Srpska overran the UN ‘safe area’ of Srebrenica in July 1995.
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