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Newly-identified Srebrenica victims taken to final resting place


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Newly-identified Srebrenica victims taken to final resting place

A truck carrying coffins with the remains of 136 victims of Europe’s worst mass killing since the Holocaust: the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

The recently identified remains are en route to a town in the east of Bosnia: their final resting place.

“I feel awful, especially because we waited for this for such a long time, 20 years,” said Mirza Bektic who will bury his brother. “Only a few of his bones were found.”

“I never found my father,” said Zijada Hajdarevic. “I buried my grandfather, my husband’s brothers, their children, my sister’s husband…”

Some 8,000 Muslim boys and men were slaughtered by Bosnian Serb forces during five days in 1995.

Two decades on, more than one thousand victims have yet to be found.

That lack of closure casts dark shadow over Bosnia.

Human remains are still being found scattered around the area’s farmland and forests.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the commemoration on Saturday marking the massacre.

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