Serbian Army Kills Bosniak & Serb Children, Sarajevo Orphanage
Serbs bombard funeral to Bosniak (Muslim) and Serb (Christian) children
Serbian Shells Shatter Funeral
4 August 1992.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Four shells thumped into a cemetery Tuesday just after mourning relatives and orphans buried two children killed by Serbian sniper fire that hit a bus carrying them away from the bombed-out capital.
The mortar attack, apparently intentional, came as U.N. officials announced they were suspending aid airlifts to Sarajevo for three days because the intensity of fighting made it unsafe for planes to land.
The bodies of Vedrana Glavas [Serb girl], a mentally retarded 2-year-old, and 1-year-old Roki Sulejmanovic [Bosniak boy] had just been placed side by side in the earth by a battered statue of a lion, Bosnia’s symbol, when three shells exploded.
The grave-diggers, accustomed to such attacks, jumped into open graves.
After a pause, a fourth shell landed in soft earth in front of adults leaving the cemetery, and Vedrana Glavas’ grandmother crumpled to the earth, her arm badly mangled.
“My daughter is dead, and now they’ve injured my mother!” cried Svetlana Glavas, who like her daughter is retarded.
A British television crew rushed the slain child’s grandmother, Ruza, to the Kosevo hospital. Dr. Asim Agicic said an artery was apparently severed in the woman’s arm, but it would not have to be amputated.
Vedrana, a Serb, and Roki, a Muslim, were killed late Saturday when Tomic’s orphanage attempted to bus about 50 children from the orphanage out of Sarajevo so they could be flown to shelter in Germany. Some children have been placed in the Sarajevo orphanage, which still has about 100 children, because their families felt they could not care for them at home.
Heavy fighting around the Bosnian capital continued into early Tuesday. The suspension of humanitarian flights cut the lifeline to the Bosnian capital for the fourth time since it opened to relief flights a month ago.
At the United Nations, meanwhile, the United States brought allegations before the Security Council that Serbs are torturing and killing Croats and Bosniaks in concentration camps.
The 15-nation council voted unanimously to demand all warring factions open detention camps to the Red Cross and other neutral international agencies. But council statements — unlike more powerful former resolutions — are not binding under international law.