Posts Tagged ‘Vlasenica’
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
13 October 1995.
The Hague, Netherlands — A sobbing survivor of a Bosnian Serb prison camp told a war crimes tribunal Friday that roughly two dozen Bosniak women and girls disappeared without a trace after conquering Serbs took them away.
“They started yelling: ‘We want the Muslims to see what our seed [sperm] is,’” Zehra Smajlovic told an emotion-charged court-room.
Another former prisoner testified this week that victims were lashed to an electricity pylon and beaten to death with baseball bats, batons, rifle butts and chains. Others, they said, were beaten, then shot to death.
One man was said to have been beaten so viciously his eye burst out of its socket. Guards threw his disfigured body back into an empty storage warehouse at the camp, where he died. Read the rest of this entry »
Zaklopaca is a small village located in the pre-war Vlasenica municipality which bordered with the municipality of Srebrenica [today, Zaklopaca is located in the 'Serb' municipality of Milici].
The Zaklopaca massacre occurred more three years before the Srebrenica Genocide, at the time when Serb forces were committing a campaign of ethnic cleansing of the Bosniak civilians in the Srebrenica region. According to the Institute for the Research of Genocide, Canada, at least 63 Bosniak women, men and children were slaughtered in the village by Serb forces. According to Helsinki Watch at least 83 Bosniaks were killed including 11 children and 16 elderly persons.
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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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 »