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Srebrenica mourns as 409 newly identified victims are buried

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Srebrenica mourns as 409 newly identified victims are buried


They came in their thousands to bury 409 newly identified victims on the 18th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide.

On July 11 1995, the UN-protected Muslim enclave of Srebrenica was overrun by Bosnian-Serb forces.

The Serbs loaded around 8,000 Muslin men and boys onto trucks, executed them and tossed their remains into mass graves.

Among those victims recently identified was a newborn baby girl who died at a UN camp in Potocari as her mother tried to shelter her from Serb attacks.

She was buried next to her father.

Sejla Karmiric a relative of one of the victims said: “It’s really hard. I don’t know how these mothers and sisters feel, but it is hard. You can only imagine how it feels for the mother of that baby.”

The slaughter took place over five bloody days with victims buried in 300 mass graves around the area.

The UN Dutch battalion of 450 troops, charged with protecting the area, could only watch as forces commanded by Colonel General Ratko Mladic committed mass murder.

Dave Maat, a former Dutch peacekeeper, helped to locate the dead baby girl:
“We worked as a team to give back the baby, for identification of the people, we knew where the baby was buried in 1995. This was the least we could do.”

As Srebrenica mourned the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague reinstated a genocide charge against the former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic.

The charge was originally dismissed for lack of evidence.

Karadzic now faces 11 charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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