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Srebrenica remembers - 15 years on

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Srebrenica remembers - 15 years on


There is a sea of coffins in Srebrenica as the town that is synonymous with the Balkans War prepares to bury nearly 800 more of its victims, on the 15th anniversary of Europe’s worst war crime since the Nazi era.

In all, Serb forces killed some 8,000 Muslim men and boys here in a few bloody days in 1995 – despite a UN presence.

General Ratko Mladic who led the Serb troops remains at large – a fact that weighs still on survivors like Izet Osmanovic who lost three sons.

“I hope either world or religious justice will reach those responsible. So many young boys died here,” he said.

When lorries carrying the coffins made their way through Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, locals crowded the streets to pay tribute, pressing flowers into the sides of the vehicles.

But the main ceremonies take place on Sunday. July 11 is the date of the official anniversary of the massacre.

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