Thousands went on a summer ramble in Bosnia on Sunday but ten years ago it was a trail of tears for the people of Srebrenica.
All weekend there have been events in the formerly mainly Muslim town in eastern Bosnia to commemorate Europe’s worst massacre since World War Two. Today 800 coffins will be buried, some bearing the remains of those killed; others symbolically, as thousands of bodies remain to be identified from the mass graves that dot the region. New ones have only recently been discovered.
Some 50,000 people are expected at the burial today, including the Serbian President in recognition of his country’s complicity in the bloodletting committed by Bosnian Serb forces. Not present, however, will be top war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte. She and her tribunal claim that complicity by Serb authorities is still frustrating their attempts to bring the commanders of the Srebrenica warcrime to justice.
Nearby in the Serb stronghold of Palé one man said Radovan Karadzic is no war criminal. “He wanted to help his people, we are behind him, he still has a lot of support”, he insisted. Karadzic and his general, Ratko Mladic, are still at large, and always seem to be one jump ahead of the international arrest warrant and security forces that have chased them round the former Yugoslavia for a decade.