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Srebrenica genocide survivor: ‘It will happen to us again’

Srebrenica genocide survivor: ‘It will happen to us again’

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Survivors of the Srebrenica genocide, in which Serb forces systematically killed more than 8,000 Bosniak Muslim men and boys over several days, have marked the 26th anniversary of the killings.

 

Coffins with the remains of 19 Bosniaks found in mass graves and identified recently through DNA tests, have been buried Sunday in the memorial cemetery for victims of the genocide on the edge of the eastern Bosnian town.

 

Vahid Suljic was a nine-year-old boy at the time from the nearby village of Voljavica, who had sought refuge in Srebrenica with his family.

 

He survived the genocide, but what he witnessed left him traumatised for years.

 

Suljic recounted his experiences and told Al Jazeera that he fears a genocide could be committed against Bosniaks again if Serb denial of the genocide continues and lingering tensions reignite.

 

Escape to Srebrenica

 

Between 1992 and 1995, Bosnia and Herzegovina was under attack by Serb and Croat forces aiming to carve the country up into a Greater Serbia and a Greater Croatia, respectively. Some 100,000 people were killed.

 

Bosnian Serb forces began attacking villages, towns and cities in Bosnia in the spring of 1992, with the goal to “ethnically cleanse” non-Serbs from the region.

 

For Suljic’s family, the nightmare began in May 1992 when they first heard of paramilitary units from Serbia torturing, killing and taking Bosniaks to concentration camps in areas neighbouring Voljavica, located by the Serbian border.

 

 


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