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Remember Sarajevo 1992 – 1995

SARAJEVO

Sarajevo – a city or a living legend? There is not one person that has not heard about Sarajevo at least once in their life, a place of stunning beauty, and a recent testimony to human courage in the face of adversity.

Grotesquely violent reality presented in this documentary:

http://digitaljournalist.org/issue0405/remember_sarajevo.pdf

Sarajevo today

City Hall renovation 2012

 

 

 

Walk down Bascarsija and you will still see a mixture of traditional craft stalls next to contemporary fashion retailers. Every few steps there are an ancient chapel, mosque or relic of the Ottoman Empire. Famous for its traditional religious diversity, Sarajevo has often been called “Jerusalem of Europe”, with adherents of Islam, Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Judaism coexisting there for centuries.

Just in one place you can find unbelievable natural beauty and richness this country possesses, all historical monuments you need to visit, as well as all tourist attractions that wait for you to come.

Find some time to enjoy the beauties the city of Sarajevo and the whole of Bosnia-Herzegovina have to offer. Do not miss exploring some of the witnesses of history and times long past, monuments that still preserve the spirit of the old times and remain seals of historical events.

 

Sarajevo Roses

SARAJEVO ROSES – TERROR IN 12 PICTURES

a documentary film by Roger M. Richards

Surviving hell was just the first step.


Director Roger M. Richards  made  “SARAJEVO ROSES” , a compelling documentary  told through the eyes and experiences of Dr. Asim Haracic, a Bosnian-American doctor of psychiatry and musician who survived the Siege of Sarajevo and is now working to heal the victims of violence in his adopted home of Washington, D.C.

Documentary film Sarajevo Roses – Terror in 12 Pictures is not about the siege of a city because the siege itself – bizarre as it may sound – is not a crime under international humanitarian law. Film shows how 44 months long shelling and sniping campaign – conducted with the intent to instill permanent and extreme fear in the civilian population – was presented on different ICTY trials through the testimonies of victims and survivors, doctors who treated wounded civilians and children, firefighters, UN personnel, foreign war correspondents and experts who analyzed lasting effects on terrorized citizens.Archive war footage used in this film has been limited exclusively to the clips presented as evidence on trials at the ICTY.

Sarajevo Roses documentary:

During the four-year siege of the Bosnian capital city of Sarajevo, hundreds of thousands of bombs rained upon the city from the surrounding hills. Every shell exploding on a road or paved area left an imprint resembling that of a flower. Today, some of these craters remain, their ‘petals’ painted red and referred to as ‘Sarajevo roses’ by its citizens, like scars on the heart, a reminder of the innocent blood that was spilled on these streets.

As the longest siege of the 20th Century rages, Dr. Asim Haracic alternates daily shifts as an army medic on the frontlines of the besieged city and as emergency room doctor at Kosevo hospital, using his skills to help wounded citizens of Sarajevo survive the daily shelling and sniper fire from Radovan Karadzic’s nationalist Serb army. He finds himself living an existentialist nightmare of no hope for the future, where the meaning of life is defined simply as a struggle for day-to-day survival.

In 1995, after surviving 3 and a half years under siege, he sends his wife and their four-month-old son through the only escape route from Sarajevo. They crawl through an underground tunnel under the tarmac of the airport, ringed by Karadzic’s forces. They then trudge on foot, at night, over heavily mined Mount Igman, the site of the 1984 Winter Olympics biathlon event. Finding sanctuary in the USA, they set about rebuilding their lives and eventually become US citizens.

Tunnel of Hope

Tunnel of Hope enterance

Tunnel of Hope

Moving to near Washington, DC, the doctor begins composing songs and also putting to music some of the poems in a friend’s war journal, as part of his healing process from the emotional toll of war. Ironically, Dr. Asim Haracic, who retrained as a psychiatrist when he came to America, now counsels citizens of the Washington, DC area suffering from mental trauma resulting from violence and personal loss.

The most important aspect of SARAJEVO ROSES is that it offers an insight into how a beautiful, modern 20th century city that hosted the 1984 Winter Olympic Games, an event celebrating and showcasing the pinnacle of humanity’s athletic achievement and brotherhood, could only eight years later become a symbol of the lowest of forms of man’s depravity and brutality toward his neighbor. For generations to come these questions will be asked by scholars and historians.  This film is a meditation on how the near dismantling of civilization as we know it can happen in a brief span of time when the right, or wrong, conditions are created.  It also explores the concept of memory, both personal and collective, and how distorted history and memory can be passed down through generations and used to justify extremism and destroying ‘the other’.

Map of the city under siege. Small opening between Free Bosnian Territory and Sarajevo shows the strip of land where the airport was – and where the tunnel was built.

SARAJEVO ROSES is the story one man’s search for inner peace after the trauma of war, and a personal testimony to his descendants in the hope that they will come to understand that love and living fully in the present is the best thing we can hope for as human beings.

Filmmaker/photographer Roger M. Richards in 1992 began documenting the siege of Sarajevo during the bloody disintegration of Yugoslavia. His work chronicled the entire war and the city’s transition to peace over the span of 17 years.  During the war his path crossed with the doctor several times, but they never met until peacetime.

Thank you for info:

http://www.sarajevoroses.com/

Roger Richards  Director-Producer-Writer

http://rogermrichards.tumblr.com/

Release date 2012

Genre Documentary-Cinematic Essay/Dokumentarni-Filmski Esej

Studio Sevda Films

Plot outline
Surviving hell was just the first step.SARAJEVO ROSES is a compelling documentary in progress told through the eyes and experiences of Dr. Asim Haracic, a Bosnian-American psychiatrist and musician who survived the Siege of Sarajevo and is now working to heal the victims of violence in his adopted home of Washington, D.C.During the four-year siege of the Bosnian capital city of Sarajevo, hund…

Directed by Roger M. Richards

Written By Roger M. Richards and Tony Germanotta

Produced by Roger M. Richards; Associate Producers-Dina Richards, Samir Dobric and Harun Mehmedinovic; Consulting Producer-Ron Steinman; Media Producer-Denis Kunic

Contact info

Website http://www.sarajevoroses.com

WE PLAYED, SANG, DANCED ..

The music was a weapon of soldiers, young people and artists

During the aggression on Bosnia and Herzegovina, many soldiers, youth and citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina often had rifles and other weapons changed for some of the musical instruments or simply relaxing on one of the few concerts of that time.
So the photographer Teun Voeten  had caught the moment  when a soldier was  playing a piano  in the Mostar music school . It was September, year 1992. A soldier escaped for a moment from harsh reality and enjoyed the music.

On the other hand, in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, young people  defied the aggressor  from the surrounding hills with their  dancing and singing. On the photo below we can see how the Sarajevo youth dances and sings on one of the first rock concerts held since the beginning of the aggression. About 200 citizens of Sarajevo were dancing in Academy of the Fine Arts on 27th of  October 1992.

 (Photo: AFP)

(Photo: AFP)

One of the icons of resistance and the siege of Sarajevo Vedran Smajlovic, cellist of the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra.In September 1992. he mustered the courage and decided to play in the ruined Sarajevo City Hall.

Vedran Smajlovic did what he knew best to help the city: he played his cello at funerals, in bomb shelters and in the streets.
He was known as the Cellist of Sarajevo, recognized around the world as a symbol of artistic resistance to the madness of war.

The musician took his place, dressed in the customary formal black tails and white shirt.
He sat on the stool with his cello between his legs. He took the bow and began to play Albinoni’s Adagio in G Minor. He was not in a concert hall. Instead he sat in a crater where the day before, 22 people had died.

Vedran Smajlović (sometimes spelled Smailović) was the principal cellist of the Sarajevo Opera. He also played in the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra RTV Sarajevo and the National Theatre of Sarajevo. In the early 1990s, though, life was difficult for everyone in Sarajevo as war broke out. Yugoslavia was splintering into various nations, including what would become of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Serb nationalists surrounded Sarajevo and laid siege. For Smajlović and the other residents of the city, life was a daily ordeal of trying to find food and water amid the shelling and sniper fire that claimed many innocent lives.

On May 27, 1992, a long line of people had queued up at one of the still-functioning bakeries. A mortar shell fell into the middle of the line, killing 22 people and creating a bloody mess of body parts and rubble. Smajlović lived close to the bakery and was appalled by what he saw as he helped the wounded. He felt powerless as he was neither a politician nor a soldier—he was a musician, who could speak truth to the heart beyond any language.

Smajlović took his cello to the spot where those waiting for bread had been butchered and began to plaintively play. He played in a daze but in an incredibly evocative way. In spite of the risk, people gathered to listen. When he was finished he packed up his cello and went to a coffee shop. Quickly people came up to him expressing their appreciation, “This is what we needed.” Smajlović went back the next day and the next 22 days, one for each person killed. Sniper fire continued around him and mortars still rained down in the neighborhood, but Smajlović never stopped playing.

Then he went to other sites where shells had taken the lives of Sarajevo’s citizens. He played there, and he played in graveyards. He played at funerals at no charge, even though the Serbian gunners would target such gatherings. His music was a gift to all hiding in their basements with rubble above their heads, a voice for peace for those daily dodging the bullets of the snipers. As the reports of Smajlović’s performances on the shattered streets spread, he became a symbol for peace. A reporter questioned whether he was crazy to play his cello outside in the midst of a war zone. He countered, “You ask me am I crazy for playing the cello, why do you not ask if they are not crazy for shelling Sarajevo?”

His courageous performances inspired other musicians. Composer David Wilde wrote “The Cellist of Sarajevo” for cello in his honor, and Yo-Yo Ma, perhaps the world’s most famous cellist, recorded it and later embraced Smajlović following a performance of the piece. Various folk songs and even a children’s book have been written about his action.

In late 1993, Smajlović left Sarajevo. He has continued his musical career as a cellist, and still composes and conducts. He moved to Northern Ireland where he collaborated with Tommy Sands, an Irish folk musician with a large peace repertoire. Their “Sarajevo to Belfast” album celebrates perseverance, peace and healing through situations of violence.

The Sarajevo Haggadah in pictures

The Sarajevo Haggadah illustrates the concluding moment of Genesis—Joseph’s embalmed body in its coffin—with a colorful midrashic expansion, that the Egyptians sank Joseph’s coffin into the Nile as a kind of cadaverous good luck charm.  The image is composed of Joseph in an open gold box, hovering over a wavy blue river, surrounded by human figures on both sides.  This picture immediately borders an illustration of baby Moses rescued from the Nile—composed of Moses in an open gold box, hovering over a wavy blue river, surrounded by human figures on both sides.  These images convey the symbolic genius of the midrash.  In the midrashic imagination, Joseph and Moses are symbols of the people Israel.  The Jewish descent into slavery begins with a lifeless Joseph sunk into Egypt’s Nile, while Jewish salvation commences with a newborn Moses raised up from the watery depths.

The Haggadah starts with pictures of Creation and the origins of the Jewish people.

Early haggadahs featured hand-drawn illustrations and in more recent times, pictures were inserted to stimulate the “curiosity of the children…[and served] as a lively medium of visual instruction, much like today’s picture books,” Yerushalmi writes.

Every page is beautiful and it  reminds you how important the visual appearance of books is.The illustrations are brilliant and the Hebrew is surprisingly readable.

The Haggadah is arguably the most popular Jewish book read by Jews. Literally thousands of editions have been published, catering to every imaginable taste, and it has appeared in every language ever spoken by Jews, and even in some that are not spoken at all, such as Klingon and Lawyerese.

Like the holiday for which it is the chief prop, the Haggadah celebrates the Exodus, the central Jewish story of redemption, when God led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, through the desert, into a covenant, and ultimately into the Promised Land.  On a basic level, the Haggadah serves as a guide for the Seder, a ritual meal held in most Jewish homes during Passover.

Indeed, these medieval illuminations can raise, as powerfully as text, the most essential questions in Jewish theology.  Both the Golden Haggadah and Nuremberg Haggadah (ca. 1450) illustrate Exodus 14:8: “The Children of Israel left [Egypt] with an upraised hand.”  In the Nuremberg Haggadah, the Israelites’ upraised hands bear the spears and swords of medieval insurrection. This Exodus is armed: God leads the charge, but His people are ready to fight.  In contrast, salvation in the Golden Haggadah is a faith-based initiative: The Israelites exit Egypt with their hands upraised in supplication and praise to God.  Their Egyptian pursuers, pictured nearby, foolishly rely on force of arms; the Jews merit redemption through the power of prayer alone.

The original Exodus is a model of Jewish salvations to come, so these vastly different images of the Jewish past reflect alternative visions of the Jewish future.  When the creators and readers of the Nuremberg Haggadah contemplated their own redemption, they likely saw a legion of armed Jews; those who produced and cherished the Golden Haggadah awaited the moment at which Hebrew piety would finally prove sufficient.  Jewish art talks Jewish theology.

Today—and in the past—Jewish men, women, and children assemble around an elaborately set table for a complex meal, which commemorates the Exodus and the importance of freedom from slavery.   Everyone participates in this ritual, with the youngest child being assigned the special role of asking the traditional Four Questions.  Whether the child asks the questions in Klingon, English, Yiddish, or any other language depends on the home.

Rabbi Arthur Schneier in Srebrenica: Salaam, Shalom, Peace Be upon You

 

There were no political speaches in Srebrenica yesterday.

Tired of listening to political speeches every year, the families of the victims allowed this year only Holocaust survivor Rabbi Arthur Schneier  to address them during Wednesday’s ceremony.

Rabbi Arthur Schneier, founder and President of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation and the Senior Rabbi at Park East Synagogue in New York delivered the keynote address at the seventeenth annual memorial at Bosnia’s Potocari Memorial Park to commemorate the Srebenica Genocide, Europe’s largest massacre since World War II.

Rabbi Schneier, who also delivered a personal message from President Barack Obama, spoke at the request of Grand Mufti Ceric of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The two have worked closely together for more than 20 years. In 1992 in Berne, Switzerland, The Appeal of Conscience Foundation led by Rabbi Schneier brought together for the first time top religious leaders of former Yugoslavia including Cardinal Vinko Puljic, Archbishop of Sarajevo, formally of Zagreb, Patriarch Pavle of the Serbian Orthodox Church; Grand Mufti Jakub efendi Selimoski of Sarajevo calling for an end to the bloodshed and joined in “the Berne Declaration” proclaiming “a crime in the name of religion is the greatest crime against religion”.

 

 

 

New York Rabbi Arthur Schneier , a Holocaust survivor, delivers a speech during a mass burial ceremony at the Bosnian Genocide Memorial in Potocari near Srebrenica on July 11, 2012, next to Bosnian top Islamic cleric Mustafa Ceric, with whom he has been working closely for more than 20 years within the Appeal of Conscience Foundation (ACF).

Commemoration Address

Rabbi Arthur Schneier

President, Appeal of Conscience Foundation
Senior Rabbi, Park East Synagogue
New York

July 11, 2012

Srebrenica-Potočari, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Salaam, Shalom, Peace Be upon You.

Your Eminence,  Reis Ul-Lema, Mufta of Tuzla, Acting Mayor of Srebrenica, Your Excellences, and Brothers and Sisters.

I have crossed the Atlantic Ocean to stand here in solidarity with you as you remember your loved ones who were massacred and to recall another ugly chapter of man’s inhumanity to man.

Although the devastating pain of this crime belongs uniquely to the people of Srebrenica and all of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and most particularly to the family members of its victims— you are not alone.

I grieve with you.
I feel your anguish.
I hear your cry and feel your pain.

I personally know the pain that you have endured and that you continue to suffer. I am a survivor of the Holocaust. My entire family was murdered in Auschwitz and in Terezin. I know the anguish and despair that you feel when those dearest to you are brutally murdered for no other reason than their religion or ethnicity.

But as a survivor I neither turned against man or God. Instead, in memory of my family and the many millions exterminated like them, I devoted my life to help build bridges between all of God’s children in pursuit of peace and justice.

That is why when the war in the Balkans began, the foundation that I lead, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, brought together for the first time in Switzerland the Grand Mufti of Sarajevo, the Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Cardinal of Zagreb, to condemn the use of religion as a justification for war.

On November 26, 1992, we signed the Berne Declaration stating that “A crime in the name of religion is the greatest crime against religion”.

The brutality of what took place here can never be forgotten not just in our generation, but also for all time. The totality of this crime must be remembered—not denied. The testimony of those who survived cannot be refuted and the historical fact cannot be altered.

This was a crime committed, first and foremost, against more than 8,000 human beings – more than 500 of whom we bury today – men and boys alike were massacred in an act of genocide. The victims’ only sin was to have existed— their only offense was to have been born, to have dreamed, and to have loved as humans.

As President Obama observed in the statement he issued for today’s commemoration:

“The name Srebrenica will forever be associated with some of the darkest acts of the 20th century.

“We know that Srebrenica’s future, and that of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will not be held back by its painful recent history. The United States rejects efforts to distort the scope of this atrocity, rationalize the motivations behind it, blame the victims, and deny the indisputable fact that it was genocide.

“We all desire continued reconciliation and peaceful coexistence for the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Balkans…

“The United States stands with the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina and grieves again for the loss of so many loved ones. Our hearts and deepest sympathies are with them, and we pledge our enduring commitment to support their aspirations for a better tomorrow.”

The crime we remember today was also committed against the victims’ families and the many survivors who are thankfully with us today, many of whom still bear its scars and all of whom still bear its pain.

It was a crime committed against Europe and against religion and the natural order — from whom the victims and their progeny have been forever taken.

This was a crime against humanity— and against God.

We say ”never again” and we mean “never again”.

For those who committed this crime, there can be no absolution. They bear a mark of Cain, which no man can wash away. But no matter how long it may take, justice will be done.

Yet, even as we condemn the unique and inescapable guilt of the perpetrators, we must acknowledge that for the rest of the world, we too share in its shame. For just as this was a crime committed against all humanity, it was a crime allowed by all humanity.

It was allowed by a world that remained silent in the face of suffering for too long, and that did not lift its strong hand to stop the evil or help the weak. “Thou shalt not stand idly by the blood of thy neighbor”, the Torah teaches us. (Leviticus, 19:16.)

Mankind must not remain silent or helpless in the face of grave injustice. Silence is not a solution; it merely encourages the perpetrators and ultimately it pays a heavy price in blood.

It is a lesson that the world must learn again today as we witness the massacres being perpetrated by the regime in Syria against its own people. It is time again for humanity to say with one clear voice: these crimes must end!

The Responsibility to Protect adopted by the United Nations in 2005, obligates the community of nations to protect the innocent from mass atrocities.

Today we remember the horrors of the past but vow not to be paralyzed by the past. Today’s commemoration is also about the future: mankind’s future and your future. You and I survived our tragedies. And despite the excruciating pain, it is our obligation to those who did not survive that we continue to participate in society and in
perfecting this world.

Let us all resolve – for the sake of our children – to build a better world together so that they never come to know the kind of pain and loss we have known.

Let us resolve, in this country and around the world, to work together to build understanding among all faiths, particularly among the children of Abraham.

In memory of our massacred loved ones, for the sake of future generations, let us resolve to banish hatred from our hearts and lips and to strive for a world of coexistence, peace and tolerance.

In our own communities let us “live and let live” as neighbours who
respect “the Other”.

As is stated in the Koran:

“What is after will be better
Than what came before
To you the Lord will be giving
You will be content
Did he not find you orphaned
And give you shelter
Find you lost
And guide you
Find you in hunger
And provide for you”

Take these words to heart. Make them your own.

Today and tomorrow are the “after”. The “before” cannot be changed, it can only be remembered and should be remembered. But the future is ours to change: the future of your country, the future of your family, your own future. May God give you strength and bless you with peace.

 

 

 

A Holocaust survivor, New York Rabbi Arthur Schneier (2nd L), places flowers at a monument commemorating the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, during a mass burial ceremony at the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Cemetery in Potocari on July 11, 2012. (Photo by Elvis Barukcic)

A Holocaust survivor, New York Rabbi Arthur Schneier , places flowers at a monument commemorating the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, during a mass burial ceremony at the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Cemetery in Potocari on July 11, 2012.

 

 

 

New York Rabbi Arthur Schneier (2nd L), a Holocaust survivor who promotes inter-religious dialogue, stands in front of a monument commemorating the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, during a mass burial ceremony at the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Cemetery in Potocari on July 11, 2012. (Photo by Elvis Barukcic)

 

 

 

Remembrance: People gather at the Potocari memorial complex near Srebrenica, some 160 kilometers east of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Remembrance: People gather at the Potocari memorial complex near Srebrenica, some 160 kilometers east of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

Presentation of the photo book “Bosnia 1992-1995″

War reporter Ourdan Remy said that this book consists of the best war pictures  from Bosnia and Herzegovina

done by many great  international journalists and photographers.

"Bosnia 1992.-1995.": Užasi sabrani između korica ◊ Foto: Almir Panjeta/Klix.ba

Ourdan, Lowe, Jones i Gafić ◊ Foto: Almir Panjeta/Klix.ba

Ourdan, Lowe, Jones and Gafic

Ourdan potpisuje primjerak knjige Damiru Nikšiću ◊ Foto: Almir Panjeta/Klix.ba

The book of photographs “Bosnia 1992-1995 – War reporters and the quest for identity!” was presented in Sarajevo, in the framework of Human Rights of the Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF), dedicated to the Day of Remembrance for the victims of the Srebrenica genocide.

War reporter Ourdan Remy said that this book consists of the best war pictures Bosnia and witnessing a photo reporter who spent the war in Bosnia.

“I noticed that many of my colleagues in London, Paris, New York, Kabul … all the time talking about Sarajevo. Last September with a group of photographers, we decided to go back and work on the book. From April 6, almost every day I receive letters and e-mails from citizens of Sarajevo, in conjunction with the book, “said Ourdan.

“The moment in which Yugoslavia was let go its last screams of death, trapped between the evils of nationalism and criminal ambition; there was a small country, almost unknown to the outside world,  by  the name of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its capital city, Sarajevo, was a concise review of ‘Yugoslav spirit ‘and he lived its golden age in the 80s team. People want to live there as they have always dwelt together, without a care who is Muslim who Serb, who is Croat. Sarajevo was the embodiment of a culture of tolerance, and nonchalance, “wrote this a war reporter in the introduction to the book.

“Elsewhere waved nationalist flags and sang nationalist songs were. In Sarajevo, people demonstrated with pictures of Tito. I was just shooting at such a meeting, by snipers, Radovan Karadzic, and started a war. Artillerists Ratko Mladic, were soon joined. Both have acted on the orders of Slobodan Milosevic. For Sarajevans, this was a shock that cannot be described. Such a surprise, actually, that was the beginning of the war, April 6, and the surrounded city on  2nd of  May 1992. Most decided to stay even though the first battle begun, and the city was still open. Few Sarajevans understand war seriously. Then the siege began, “says the book.

Ourdan added that along with the siege and shelling, more  foreign reporters arrived.

“Basically, reporters are unstable, busy individuals. They come and they go. They are often excellent professionals, dedicated to telling the truth. But rarely hold, always rushing to the other end of the world. It’s just the way it is. In Sarajevo, the facts were different. War came as a surprise and correspondents, and for some, to stay in Sarajevo was obvious. Shaken by what they saw, many reporters stayed in Sarajevo, and they often return. Coined as they were with the city and the Sarajevans. Often, those who were injured were returning to them as soon as released from the hospital, only that they can continue to tell the story. They, too, have become the people of Sarajevo, ” wrote Ourdan.

Sarajevo citizens and foreign journalists met again 20 years after their forced encounter. When the idea of re-visiting Sarajevo, on the anniversary of the war, appeared last year in a community war reporter, was met with enthusiasm. Since 1995, each guarded Sarajevo deep in his heart. While some have returned several times and in times of peace, the other have never seen the city again. For all of them, war was something important, almost a lifetime: the idea of freedom, resistance, who shared the life, dignity.

You can buy this book here:http://www.bosnia-book.com/en/

 

Warning:This video contains very graphic images -shows Bosnian war reality

http://vimeo.com/44149865

 ◊ Foto: Almir Panjeta/Klix.ba

http://www.klix.ba/vijesti/bih/knjiga-koja-ce-vam-otvoriti-najskrivenije-ladice-ratnih-uzasa/120711128

Remember Srebrenica :”They can’t see this sea of graves from The Hague”

A Bosnian Muslim man prays near coffins prepared for a mass burial at the Memorial Center in Potocari, near Srebrenica July 9, 2012.   REUTERS-Dado Ruvic

Ahmo Catic, 53, had been looking for his father Bekir since 1995; he will finally bury him this year. Parts of his father’s body were found in five different mass graves, reassembled and identified through DNA analysis by the International Commission for Missing Persons.

“May those who killed him look for their loved ones the same way I have for 17 years,” he said.

Currently, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and Bosnian Serb army general Ratko Mladic are on trial for genocide at the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.

But Suhreta Malic, who already was waiting for the coffins at the memorial center near Srebrenica thought The Hague was not the right venue for the trial.

“They can’t see this sea of graves from The Hague,” she said, looking out at more than 5,000 white gravestones. “Here! We want him back here, in this valley of death and pain, among the grave stones. He must be brought here for the trial, so he can see for himself what he has done.”

Every year tens of thousands of people gather on July 11 in Srebrenica for the funeral of hundreds of victims. Many come from countries where they have settled after surviving the massacre.

As the Ratko Mladic trial continues in the Hague, so does the counting of the dead in Srebrenica

Mladic, 70, has been indicted by the ICTY on 11 counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in the Balkan country’s war.

As the prosecutors opened their case in The Hague, thousands of people lined the streets of Sarajevo to pay their respects to the remains of 520 victims of the Srebrenica massacre.

Three trucks loaded with 520 coffins passed through Sarajevo on their way to the Potocari cemetery near Srebrenica where they will be buried on Wednesday, the 17th anniversary of the atrocity.

Mladic faces charges relating to the massacre in the enclave of Srebrenica in northeastern Bosnia in 1995, when almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered by Bosnian Serb troops under Mladic’s command.

He also faces charges for the terrorising of the capital Sarajevo during 44 months of shelling and sniping which killed 10,000 people.

Prosecutors also accuse him of having taken some 200 UN peacekeepers hostage and having ordered his troops to drive out Croats, Muslims and other non-Serb residents from Bosnian towns.

Mladic was arrested in northeastern Serbia last year after some 16 years on the run and subsequently moved to The Hague. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.Despite the evidence, his defense attorney plans to argue that the genocide never happened.

Srebrenica Genocide is not a matter of anybody’s opinion; it’s a judicial fact recognized first by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and subsequently by the International Court of Justice.

DO NOT FORGET 7/11 1995.

Potocari 2002 & 2011

LIGHTNING OVER THE POTOCARI

And the sky is a warning to the enormous tragedy of Srebrenica

The Memorial Center Potocari today will find peace 520 victims of the Srebrenica genocide and the massive tragedy, as it can no longer be repeated, and the sky last night warned.
Photo: Jay Ruvić / Reuters
Photo: Jay Ruvić / Reuters

The mortal remains of 520 bodies were presented yesterday at Musala Memorial Center Potocari-Srebrenica, where they will now be a funeral ceremonies. night before the mass burial of Srebrenica began a fierce storm, and over the Memorial Center in Potocari blinding flash of light was lightning  5137 graves of innocent victims who had been buried. Today will find peace next to them 520 killed, including six boys who were just 15 years ago when the criminals ended their lives.

http://srebrenica-genocide.blogspot.com.au/