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Bosnia marks 23rd anniversary of Srebrenica genocide

Turkish delegation led by Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul joins funeral of 35 victims 

Bosnia marks 23rd anniversary of Srebrenica genocide

World Bulletin / News Desk

Thousands of people gathered on Wednesday at a memorial center and cemetery in Potocari, eastern Bosnia, to mark the 23rd anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide.

The memorial center -- just northwest of Srebrenica -- is the focal point of remembrance for friends and relatives of the more than 8,000 people, mostly men and boys, murdered by Bosnian Serb militias.

Among this year's guests will be a Turkish delegation led by Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul as well as onetime Serbian presidential candidate Cedomir Jovanovic.

Thirty-five recently identified victims will be buried in a collective funeral. Tears and silence accompanied the scene as dozens of green coffins were lined up side-by-side.

Emotional scenes were witnessed as relatives of the victims bid their last farewells.

"Never Forget" -- a slogan born out of the Srebrenica genocide -- was displayed every where.

After this year’s funeral the number of burials in the cemetery will rise to 6,610.

Vesid Ibric, only 16 when he was killed, will be the youngest victim to be buried this year. Sahin Halilovic, the oldest, was 71.

Remzija Dudic, who was brutally murdered by Serbian troops despite being 6 months pregnant, will also be laid to rest.

 

Last Mod: 11 Temmuz 2018, 17:16
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