Posts Tagged ‘Larry Hollingworth’
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 »
“I personally hope he [Gen. Ratko Mladic] burns in the hottest corner of hell. I hope that their (the Serbs’) sleep is punctuated by the screams of the children and the cries of their mothers.” – Larry Hollingworth, the senior U.N. refugee official
Two years before the Srebrenica genocide… and just 1 year after the first Srebrenica massacre
Serb attack forces hundreds to flee
By John Daniszewski
Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Hundreds of women and children, including dozens of wounded, jammed trucks Tuesday to flee the misery of Srebrenica, where Serb shelling killed at least 56 people on Monday.
Of the 650 people who arrived in government-held Tuzla hours later, 47 were hospitalized, officials of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees reported.
Robert Johansson, a Swede who drove one of the trucks, said the convoy was stoned by [Serbian] bystanders when it passed Serb-held Zvornik. Read the rest of this entry »
More misery for Srebrenica refugees
The Times-News, p.5A
2 April 1993.
Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A family of eight shared one blanket. A night’s shelter cost more than 30 pounds of precious corn, so most people slept on the street or in shelled, roofless buildings.
This has been the life of many Muslims [Bosniaks] on the run from Serbs for up to a year.
Thousands of refugees poured into the eastern town of Srebrenica in recent weeks seeking food, shelter and safety. What they found was more freezing nights, during which they warmed themselves around street bonfires and ate horse meat to survive. Read the rest of this entry »