Relatives of the victims of Srebrenica gathered outside the tribunal in the Hague.
Forever scarred by the ordeal, they have waited a long time to see Ratko Mladic in court. But the Mothers of Srebrenica are simply glad its got this far.
“After 16 years, I hope he repents for what he did. I hope his conscience awakens. If it does not, then its bad news not just for us, but for the whole of Europe.” said one.
Mladic faces charges relating to the 43-month siege of Sarajevo. In that city, people watched the hearing on giant outdoor screens.
One man who survived the camp at Omarska said, “The Yugoslav authorities committed genocide here in Bosnia, he says. The Republika Srpska was built on genocide and I think their generals must be held reponsible.”
In Sarajevo, they have built a wall to symbolise the city’s suffering during the conflict and as a testament to those who died.
For the people still living in the city, the focus will always be primarily on the victims.