Stories: 15 YEARS AFTER THE GENOCIDE
About 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed in the Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian War. They sought shelter in a UN military base in Potocari on the outskirts of town as the Bosnian Serb forces were advancing toward them. The refugees thought they would be safe under Un protection. But when the Serbs came, Dutch forces opened the gates and let the Bosnian Serb Army take the men and boys away, never to be seen again. 8,000 of them have been killed on July 11, 1995, and until July 19. Their bodies were thrown into mass graves, then coming back weeks later to escavate them and rebury them somewhere else to conceal the crime. The identification of body parts from these mass graves has been going on for years. Each year, the newly dentified bodies are buried at the Potocari memorial cemetery just across the former UN military base. Over four thousand bodies have been buried so far, but thousands more are waiting to be identified. The 2010 July 11 memorial ceremony and burial of newly identified remains was the largest mass burial in Europe's modern history. 775 coffins were carried to their graves after a ceremony attended by an estimated 60,000 people and many representatives of international community, including Serbian president Boris Tadic. But no representatives from the UN, and nobody representing the Bosnian Serbs.