The capture of Ratko Mladic has opened old wounds for some relatives of those killed in the massacre at Srebenica. Hatidza Mehmedovic lost a husband and two sons, and thinks Mladic could have been arrested sooner:
“We’ve been waiting for this news for almost 16 years. The people who arrested him knew where this butcher was hiding all this time. It’s very sad that they knew where he was, but didn’t want to arrest him.”
Many family members of the Muslim men and boys killed in Srebenica in 1995 have died in the 16 years it has taken to detain Mladic.
Every July, bodies of massacre victims found are buried at the Srebenica Memorial cemetary. Last year on the 15 anniversary, 775 new graves were dug for the commemorative mass burial.
The systematic killings happened when the army of the breakaway Republika Srpska, under the command of Mladic, arrived in Srebenica, part of Bosnia Herzegovina and a supposed ‘safe area’ under UN protection.