Posts Tagged ‘Konjevic Polje’
From 1992 to 1995, Naser Oric defended the besieged enclave of Srebrenica from Serb forces stationed in heavily militarized Serb villages around the town. Serbs attacked Srebrenica on a daily basis from nearby Serb village. After the war, Serbs blamed Naser Oric of committing “massacres” against notorious Serbian terrorists around the enclave. The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) acquitted Naser Oric of all charges and ruled that Serb tales of “massacres” were “influenced by Serb propaganda.”
12 March 1993.
The United States began dropping food and medicine to Muslim enclaves in eastern Bosnia on Feb. 28. Muslim fighters issued a public letter this week thanking U.S. officials. The Associated Press in Sarajevo obtained an undated copy. Excerpts:
Attn: Brig. Gen. Donald E. Lorenger Jr., commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe
The citizens of Srebrenica, Cerska and Konjevic Polje would like to express to you personally, to the pilots and all the technical crews engaged in the airdrop operation of providing relief for the people of eastern Bosnia, their deepest gratitude for all you have done for them so far…
When the proud and suffering population was facing the agony of starvation, you have, with your courageous, and efficient action, succeeded to provide precious quantities of food and medicines, thus saving from inevitable death thousands of women, children, wounded and diseased.
… [T]he people of Srebrenica will never forget your humanitarian action … When better times of peace come,… you and your brave men will be our dear guests and friends forever….
[Signed] War Presidency of the Srebrenica
U.N. Commander Treks to Ravaged Bosnian Enclave
6 March 1993.
By George Jahn
TUZLA, Bosnia-Herzegovina — The commander of U.N. troops in Bosnia boldly headed for a besieged government enclave on Friday, hopping to evacuate thousands of desperate Muslim [Bosniak] refugees driven from their homes.
Gen. Philippe Morillon’s trek into the heart of the worst fighting in eastern Bosnia signaled growing international concern over the failure of peace talks and U.S. airdrops to halt the carnage.
President Clinton, referring to the practice of “ethnic cleansing,” said the latest Serb offensive showed that they were succeeding in their campaign to drive Bosnian Muslims from the region. He pledged to tighten sanctions against the Serbs with a further crackdown that a spokesman said would “inflict real pain” on the aggressors.
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WHO Doctor: Serbs Target Bosniak Civilians and U.N.
15 March 1993.
By Nada Buric
ZAGREB, Croatia — A British doctor who walked into war-ravaged eastern Bosnia on foot charged Sunday that Bosnian Serb troops are purposely attacking civilians and U.N. aid workers.
Dr. Simon Mardel, an expert with the World Health Organization, told reporters that up to 30 people were dying daily in Konjevic Polje and Srebrenica, two Muslim-held towns he visited over the past week. Most people died from artillery fire, but some starved, he said.
The 36-year-old Briton spoke matter-of-factly of the suffering he witnessed after walking many miles from a Serb checkpoint to Srebrenica and later from there to Konjevic Polje. Read the rest of this entry »
Survivor Tells of Massacre in Eastern Bosnia
6 March 1993.
ZAGREB, Croatia — A Bosniak [Bosnian Muslim] refugee in eastern Bosnia told a ham radio operator Friday that he survived a Serb massacre because corpses fell on him and protected him from gunfire.
This and other accounts of a massacre Wednesday of scores of people near the embattled Cerska region could not be confirmed. Ham radio and U.N. officials have cited many reports of Serb atrocities during an offensive that began Sunday, but reporters are unable to enter the Serb-besieged area to investigate.
According to the various accounts, Serb gunmen unleashed a barrage of gunfire and grenades on a group of about 100 refugees near Mount Rogasija. Read the rest of this entry »
Cerska massacre, “They carried out a massacre in the school,” said Mr. Muminovic. “They killed people with knives. Some of the dead and living were butchered.”
Bosnian Soldiers Report Massacre by Serbs in a Schoolhouse
By Chuck Sudetic,
Published: March 19, 1993
TUZLA, Bosnia and Herzegovina, March 18— The first Bosnian Government soldiers to arrive here from an eastern enclave overrun by Serbian nationalist fighters gave accounts today of the killings of dozens of Bosniak civilians by the advancing Serbs.
Two of the Bosnian soldiers said they witnessed killings in Cerska [near Srebrenica] and the neighboring village of Velici, which were overrun between Feb. 27 and March 1, when poorly-armed, predominantly Muslim locals lost the area to attacking Serbs. Read the rest of this entry »
Brit thought he knew misery until he rolled into Srebrenica
The Milwaukee Journal
24 March 1993 (2 years before the genocide)
Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Larry Hollingworth spent 30 years in the British army, then did relief work in Africa’s worst famine zones. Never, he says, has he seen a place as miserable as Srebrenica.
For eight days, Hollingworth witnessed the suffering of that besieged eastern Bosnian town at close range, holding out there with a 16-member UN team until advancing Serbian forces finally agreed to let a food convoy enter for the first time in three months.
Back in Sarajevo on Tuesday, revived by his first shower in more than two weeks, Hollingworth recalled that reports of calamity in some other cut-off Bosnian towns proved exaggerated when UN relief workers at last arrived. Read the rest of this entry »
Briton tells of horror in Bosnian town
From TONY BARBER in Belgrade
Monday, 15 March 1993
MUSLIM villagers in eastern Bosnia are dropping dead from starvation or being killed by Serbian artillery shells as they seek food and shelter, according to a British doctor who returned from the region yesterday. Simon Mardel, who works for the World Health Organisation, said that many other Muslim residents and refugees in Serbian-besieged enclaves were suffering from pneumonia, skin diseases and anaemia as a result of malnutrition. Read the rest of this entry »