Genocide in Bosnia

Bosnian Genocide, 1992-1995

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Srebrenica, Families Starving, "Fetus spilled on the road by the dead mother"

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 »

"Srebrenica is Burning", 18 April 1993

Serbs launch deadly new attack on Srebrenica

Shells rain and dozens die even as negotiators hammer out terms of Bosniak enclave’s surrender

SARAJEVO, Bsonia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian Serb forces launched a fierce attack Saturday on doomed Srebrenica, killing or wounding dozens of people even as the two rival military commanders tentatively agreed on a cease-fire.

At their first meeting in the year-long war, the two negotiated what could effectively amount to the surrender of the mainly Bosniak enclave by the Muslim led Bosnian government.

As shells continued to rain down on the eastern town, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic promised “a peace initiative which will be hard to refuse,” the Belgrade-based Tanjug news agency said.

Elsewhere, at least 50 people were killed in the fourth day of Bosniak-Croat clashes in central Bosnia, U.N. officials said in Zagreb, Croatia. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 11, 2010 at 3:50 am

Gorazde Massacre, Serbs Kill 50 Bosniaks in First-Aid Center

By CHUCK SUDETIC,
Published: June 14, 1993

SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 13— More than 50 people were reported killed today at an improvised first-aid center when Bosnian Serb forces unleashed heavy artillery barrages on Gorazde, which the United Nations designated a safe area less than two weeks ago.

The Sarajevo radio reported that the shelling had left Goradze’s streets littered with bodies and that a rocket had exploded in the first-aid center, killing all 50 or so people inside. Read the rest of this entry »

Systematic Rapes of Bosniak Women and Girls in Visegrad

By CHRIS HEDGES
Published: March 25, 1996.

VISEGRAD, Bosnia and Herzegovina, March 21 — For the thousands of Bosniaks who fled from this town in eastern Bosnia, and for the Serbs who remained, the war has bound this generation and the next to a Serbian militia leader named Milan Lukic.

Witnesses and survivors say Mr. Lukic, 29, killed scores of Muslims in this region from 1992 to 1995. He has not been indicted by the United Nations’ war crimes tribunal in The Hague, and the Serbs in Visegrad say they do not know his whereabouts.

Beyond Visegrad, his name and story are largely unknown. But detailed accounts collected during the last two weeks from witnesses, many of them now dispersed around Bosnia, provide a picture of slaughter, pillage and abuse condoned by the local authorities and Serbian commanders from Belgrade. Read the rest of this entry »

Rape is "a Weapon of War" in the Bosnian Genocide, European Inquiry

By Alan Riding
9 January 1993.

Ocala Star-Banner,
volume 50. No.131, year 127. p.
(also published in NYT)

A team of European Community investigators has estimated that 20,000 Muslim women have been raped by Bosnian Serb soldiers in recent months as part of a deliberate pattern of abuse aimed at driving them from their homes in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The team said there were indications that some rapes were carried out “in particularly sadistic ways so as to inflict maximum humiliation on the victims.” The report did not elaborate.

It said it had also received strong evidence that “many women, and more particularly children, may have died during or after rape.” The report did not give the range of ages of the victims or say how many might have died. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 9, 2010 at 2:37 am

Imam speaks of Genocide in Bosnia

Business Times, p.18.
18 August 1992.

LONDON, Wed: The atrocities committed by the Serbs against Bosniaks in Bosnia-Herzegovina were beyond imagination and would even make Hitler look like a small child, the Grand Imam of the Zagreb Mosque in the former Yugoslavia, Dr Mustafa Seric, said here.

He added the Muslims were defenceless partly because they did not expect this fate as all they wanted to do was to set up a democratic state and live side by side with people of other ethnic communities and religion.

Also, they were unprepared for what happened because unlike other ethnic communities in the former Yugoslavia, they did not join the army and had very little military experience, he said on Monday.

The Quran [Muslim holy book] instructed Muslims to live peacefully and it was not something they could compromise because of choice or political expediency, he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 9, 2010 at 2:27 am

NATO warplanes bomb Serb targets

By Srecko Latal
30 August 1995.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — In their most massive attack yet on Bosnian Serbs, wave after wave of NATO warplanes bombed Serb targets around Sarajevo early Wednesday in retaliation for a marketplace massacre [the second markale massacre] that killed 37 people.

Jets roared over Sarajevo at about 2 a.m. (8 p.m. EDT Tuesday), and the first explosions were heard 90 minutes later from the southeast, in the direction of the Bosnian Serb stronghold of Pale.

Observers in Sarajevo also could see bright flashes and hear explosions from the direction of Vogosca, a Serb-held suburb a few miles north of Sarajevo. There is a Bosnian Serb munitions factory in the town.

The sky over Vogosca was red and a huge cloud of smoke could be seen in the predawn light. There appeared to be a large fire burning past a frontline hill north of the besieged capital.

President Clinton, vacationing in Jackson Hole, Wyo., called the attack “an appropriate response to the shelling of Sarajevo.”

“I think it is something that had to be done,” Clinton added. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 9, 2010 at 1:29 am

Serbs kill at least 37 in the second Sarajevo massacre

Shells land near marketplace in Sarajevo; 37 killed, 80 hurt

The Spokesman Review
29 August 1995.

U.S. blames Bosnian Serbs and urges NATO, U.N. military action

By Roger Cohen

Two shells slammed into the central Sarajevo market area today, killing at least 37 people and wounding 80 in the most devastating single attack on the Bosnian capital since a similar one 18 months ago led NATO to vow that the city would be protected.

Limbs and flesh were splattered on storefronts, and bodies fell to pieces as they were lifted into cars. After 40 months of Serbian siege and bombardment, the scene was familiar, but the horrified frenzy among an exhausted population was still intense.

The United States blamed the Bosnian Serbs for the attack, and United Nations officials in Sarajevo suggested that the 120-millimeter mortar that had caused most of the damage had been fired from Serbian positions south of the capital. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 9, 2010 at 12:47 am

Serbs Kill at least 66 civilians in Sarajevo massacre

The Gainesville, p.1c
6 February 1994.

66 Killed in Markale Massacre, Hundreds Injured

By Tony Smith
The Associated Press

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina – Bodies and severed limbs lay amid bloodstained market stalls after a mortar shell landed in a crowd of Saturday shoppers, butchering at least 66 people and wounding more than 200.

The bloodiest single attack on Sarajevo’s civilians since the war began 22 months ago came just after noon, as people filled the Markale market to scavenge for basic necessities.

“There are trucks of dead. There are legs, arms, heads, as many as you want,” said a wounded young man waiting for care at Kosevo Hospital. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 9, 2010 at 12:36 am

Jewish leader warns, "Bosnian Muslims suffering like Jews under Nazi"

Article courtesy of San Francisco Jewish Community Publications Inc., dba Jewish Bulletin of Northern California. Published on Friday, July 28, 1995.

Photo: Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) in Serb-run concentration camps in 1992 Bosnian Genocide. Credits: RON HAVIV, Blood and Honey

Photo: Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) in Serb-run concentration camps in 1992 Bosnian Genocide. Credits: RON HAVIV, Blood and Honey

Bosnian Muslims suffering like Jews under Nazis, official says

by Jewish Telegraphic Agency
28 July 1995.

“The expulsion terror practices in Bosnia today is quite comparable to what happened from the beginning of the Third Reich to the outbreak of the war,” Ignatz Bubis, chairman of the central council of Jews in Germany, told German radio last week.

Bubis said he could not understand why the United Nations and NATO have not learned the lessons that came from appeasing the Nazis before the outbreak of World War II.

In the interview, Bubis said he supported Western military intervention on behalf of the Bosnian Muslims, who, after a three-year-old war, are under increasing attack by the rebel Bosnian Serb forces. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Stopping Bosnian Genocide was worth American blood

“‘When they came for the Jews I said nothing for I was not a Jew. When they came for the Catholics I did nothing for I was not a Catholic. When they came for me I could do nothing, and there was no one left to speak for me.’ Those who say Bosnia is not worth American blood bear a close resemblances to those who have made similar claims in the past.”

By Justin Green
| Justin Green wrote about and taught politics for 25 years before retiring to Prescott |

Daily Courier
18 December 1995.

The pundits and pols of Prescott and the nation have pontificated and reached agreement. Bosnia is not worth a drop of American blood. Fortunately Bob Dole has shown better judgment and even the House may sanction sending 20,000 Americans to Bosnia. These troops will be part of a NATO force of 60,000 assigned to preserve the Bosnian peace accords agreed to by the Bosnian Muslims [Bosniaks], Bosnian Serbs and the Croats.

I confess early on I vacillated on this issue. At one time I was opposed to sending our ground forces to the area. I did, however, urge the use of our air power and an end to the arms embargo imposed on Bosnia’s Muslims.

I have changed my mind. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Bosnian Muslims are Jews, "We Jews can recognize other Jews" in Bosnian Genocide

Bosnian Muslims Deserve Right to Fight

Sun Journal
25 May 1993.

By: Joanne Jacobs

(Joanne Jacobs is a member of the San Jose Mercury News editorial board)

I have a theory about the Bosnian Muslims: The Muslims are Jews. We Jews can recognize other Jews. It’s the looks, speech, gestures, jokes, attitudes. The context.

The Bosnian Muslims may be the lost tribe, but they’re members of the tribe nonetheless. The tribe of the exiles. The tribe of the inconvenient. They are pitied extravagantly when dead; alive, everyone wants them to go away. Defenseless, they are proclaimed moral victors. Armed, they’d lose all their losers’ charm.

It’s quite true, as everyone agrees, that the United States has no strategic interests in Bosnia. Only as human beings do we have strategic interests in Bosnia.

Never again, if the Bosnian Muslims are destroyed, will we be able to intone “never again.” Again and again, the world will see religious and ethnic minorities rounded up, burned out, raped, murdered and exiled. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Jewish people express outrage over Bosnian Genocide

By: Debra Nussbaum Cohen
The Jewish Post & News, 12 August 1992.

NEW YORK (JTA) – In language rife with the imagery of the Holocaust, leaders of Jewish organizations are calling on the United States and the United Nations to put an end to the atrocities being perpetrated by Serbian nationalists against Moslem [Bosniak] and Croatian residents of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Though the 600 Jews who remain in Sarajevo are not in more danger than any other residents of the besieged Bosnian capital, the brutal attacks on innocent men, women and children throughout the former Yugoslav state are resonating in the collective memory of the Jewish community. For Jews, the events unfolding in Bosnia eerily echo the Holocaust, when world leaders ignored early reports of the atrocities committed by the Nazis. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Bosnian Jews: "We Jews are part of the Bosnian people"

Sarajevo is hit by overnight shelling

By: George Jahn
The Prescott Courier
16 September 1992.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina – Scattered fighting was reported overnight in Bosnia, but people ventured out today despite at last four eruption of shelling in the besieged capital.

A group of about 100 ill people, half of them from Sarajevo’s 850-member Jewish community, left in a convoy of three buses bound for Split on the Croatian coast. David Kamdi, deputy head of the local Jewish community, said the convoy had guarantees of safe passage.

“There was a lot of crying this morning,” Kamdi said, and the Jews on the buses vowed to return to Sarajevo. “We Jews are part of the Bosnian people. We will never leave,” Kamdi said. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Bosnian Genocide, did we learn anything from the Holocaust?

The Holocaust: What value this lesson?
On one continent genocidal evil is acknowledged; on another, it rages unchecked

The Prescott Courier
25 April 1993.

WASHINGTON (AP) – On the day the Holocaust Museum was dedicated in this peaceful capital, children were shot in Bosnia. They died because they were Muslim. [see: video of the 1993 Srebrenica Children Massacre]

On one continent a solemn ceremony acknowledged the need to confront evil and brutality. On another, it raged unchecked.

In dedicating the museum, President Clinton called the Nazi genocide campaign against Jews “one of the darkest lessons in history.” But what value has a lesson if it is not learned? Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 10:36 pm

US Report: Serbs Worst Since Nazis, Systematic Shelling & Starvation of Bosnian Muslims

Serbs Worst Since Nazis, report says

By: Barry Schweid
The Daily Gazette
21 January 1993.

WASHINGTON – Serbian forces in Bosnia are conducting a campaign of systematic shelling and starvation of Muslims [Bosniaks] that “dwarfs anything seen in Europe since Nazi times,” the State Department reported Tuesday.

“It borders on genocide,” said Patricia Diaz Dennis, assistant secretary of state for human rights and humanitarian affairs.

The 17th annual report to Congress surveyed 189 countries and found abuses in dozens of them, but none on the scale of Bosnia-Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav republic whose assertion of independence touched off a brutal ethnic conflict.

Civilians are the primary targets of Serbian military action, the report said. By the end of 1992, more than 1.5 million people were displaced by the war, including an estimated one half of the Muslim [Bosniak] population.

All sides in the former Yugoslav republic are guilty of atrocities, but “the greatest atrocity – the systematic shelling and starvation by siege of large cities – was carried out by Serbian forces, which alone had both the means and the will to carry out such crimes against humanity.”

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December 8, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Polish Jews Demand Action to Halt Bosnian Genocide

Nazi campaign: Al Gore urged not to allow repeat

The Southeast Missourian
20 April 1993.

By John King, (AP)

WARSAW – Polish Jews recalled the Nazi campaign to exterminate their families and implored Vice President Al Gore on Monday to prevent a repeat of the Holocaust’s horrors against Bosnian Muslim (Bosniak) communities in Bosnia.

“The world must do more to stop these outrages,” Gore said with evident emotion after the pleadings.

The dramatic entreaties came as Gore visited Poland to mark the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, a valiant but unsuccessful revolt against the Nazis by Jews they had confined to one area of the city. Execution by the Germans, disease and hunger has reduced the ghetto from 500,000 to 60,000 at the time of the revolt in April 1943. The Nazis killed most of the rebels. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 10:09 pm

US President Speaks Out Against Bosnian Genocide

By Dana Kennedy
The Spokesman-Review
19 April 1993.

NEW YORK – Vice President Al Gore on Sunday compared the killings in Bosnia-Herzegovina to the Nazi atrocities during World War II.

“Dictators refuse to learn the bitter lessons of history,” Gore said Sunday in an emotional speech at a memorial service honoring Holocaust victims on the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

“Fifty years after the uprising in the Warsaw ghetto, petty tyrants around the world smother their people and seek to blind and confuse them with the clumsy lies of dictatorship.” Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 10:04 pm

JEWISH POST: Holocaust Survivor on Bosnian Muslims and Jews

Remember and Protest War Crimes in Bosnia

Jewish Post, p.4
2 December 1992.

A Muslim people are targeted for extinction, and the West turns away. There is no rationalizing this brutal immorality.

To compare Bosnia and the Holocaust is to invite angry disagreement from some Jewish critics who correctly see the Holocaust as a unique evil, an unprecedented descent into hell. But the uniqueness of the Holocaust does not diminish the force of powerful parallels that do exist between these two tragedies, and no one should understand these commonalities better than the Jews. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 9:59 pm

JEWISH POST: Furnace Used to Kill Muslims in Bosnian Genocide

Remember and Protest War Crimes in Bosnia

The Jewish Post & News
2 December 1992.

THE JEWISH POST — “We told them not to be afraid, we wouldn’t do anything to them, they should just stand in front of the wall. But it was taken for granted among us that they should be killed. So when somebody said ‘Shoot’, I swung around and pulled the trigger, three times on automatic fire. I remember the little girl with the red dress hiding behind her granny.”

Those comments by a Serb nationalist soldier appeared in a story in The Globe and Mail November 27. Now under arrest by Bosnian soldiers, the soldier told a reporter how he and two companions gunned down 10 members of a Muslim family in their home in Bosnia-Herzegovina last June.

In another incident, the soldier recalled, he saw 30 men from a Muslim village shot and incinerated in a furnace at a steel plant. He said some of the men were still alive when they were thrown into the furnace. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Brcko massacre: 3,000 Bosniak Civilians Killed

US Details Genocide in Bosnia

New Straits Times
27 September 1992.

NEW YORK, Sat. — The United States believes that “as many as 3,000″ Muslim [Bosniak] men, women and children were killed in May and June at Serbian-run detention camps near the Bosnian town of Brcko, the New York Times reported yesterday.

Reports of mass killings in Bosnia-Herzegovina have been circulating since July, but Bush administration officials quoted by the newspaper in its editions today said this was the first time they had developed independent information corroborating such reports.

The newspaper said the new information is based on interviews with survivors and other intelligence sources. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 9:34 pm

U.S. Official Calls for Intervention to Stop Bosnian Genocide

Is U.S. Allowing Bosnian Genocide?

State Dept. official writes Bosnia’s reality should force intervention

By Jim Abrams
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
4 February 1994

WASHINGTON — Senior State Department officials have been unwilling to level with the American people about genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina for fear of increasing pressure for U.S. intervention, an official says.

Richard Johnson, who headed the Yugoslavia desk at the State Department from 1990 to 1992, says in a highly critical report that policy-makers “have repeatedly rejected efforts by the bureaus to have them make less equivocal statements of genocide in Bosnia.”

Johnson wrote the paper for the National War College where he is studying while on a one-year leave from the State Department.

The paper says, “Senior U.S. government officials know that Serb leaders are waging genocide in Bosnia but will not say so in plain English because this would raise the pressures for U.S. action.” Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 9:31 pm

The West Aided Bosnian Genocide with Silence and Arms Embargo

Silence is Unforgivable, Bosnian Genocide Won’t Go Away

By Anthony Lewis
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
20 October 1993.

On Oct. 9, Radovan Karadzic, leader of the Serbs in Bosnia, said his forces considered the war “finished” and would not renew their attacks on the small areas held by the Muslim [Bosniak]-led Bosnian government.

“The Siege of Sarajevo is over,” he told John F. Burns of The New York Times. “We don’t want any more territory. We have enough already.”

On Oct. 16, exactly one week later, the Serbs attacked Sarajevo with a devastating artillery barrage. Starting before dawn and continuing for 12 hours, they fired thousands of shells from tanks, heavy guns and mortars in their positions on hills around the capital. They also rolled oil drums filled with explosives down the slopes into residences. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Jewish and Bosnian Muslim Soldiers, Brothers in Arms

This article offers uniquely rare insight into the Jewish life in the besieged Sarajevo in 1992. Side by side with their Muslim neighbours, Jewish people fought in the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and thus contributed to the defense of the country from Serbian aggression.

With Bosnian war raging, Jewish group celebrates life

By John Pomfret
Kentucky New Area (daily)
5 September 1992.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — On a ping-pong table in a cluttered room next to a synagogue, Zoya Finci works to restore ancient parchments – Hebrew scripts telling the story of the exodus of Jews from the Holy Lands. A dab of acetone here, a swab of alcohol there.

Despite the crash of mortars and heavy machine-gun fire outside, Finci is preparing for an exhibition. With an almost heroic obstinacy, the Jews of Sarajevo are planning to celebrate their 500 years in the city.

“It only comes once every 500 years,” said the middle-age University of Sarajevo art professor, whose family has lived in Sarajevo for four centuries. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Bosniaks, Islam and the Siege of Sarajevo

Bosnian Muslims Seeking Harmony

New Straight Times
17 December 1993.

Among the graves crowding the tiny courtyard of his mosque are five mounds of fresh earth that Imam Ismet Spahic tends particularly well and prays over each evening: they hold his wife, three daughters, and a granddaughter, killed by Serbian shelling while fetching water.

Firmly, the grey-bearded Muslim clergyman spoke of his abiding faith and his certainty that his family awaits him in paradise. But when asked if, perhaps, he thought the government of a largely Muslim Bosnia should be a secular one, he seemed astonished that anyone could ask such a question.

“Absolutely,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 8, 2010 at 9:01 pm

14364 killed and 57000 missing in the first 6 months of the Bosnian Genocide

New Straits Times
2 October 1992.

SARAJEVO, Thurs. (Reuters) — Bosnia published figures today showing that six months of war produced a “massacre of the innocents” far worse than suspected.

Ten thousand children were listed as dead or missing by the Medical Crisis Centre which compiles statistics from across the former Yugoslav republic where Bosnian Serbs are fighting against Muslim [Bosniak] and Croat-led independence.

The figures showed a steep rise since last month to 14,364 killed and 57,000 missing, of whom many are also believed dead. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 6, 2010 at 5:24 am

Bosniak Victims Thrown into Animal Rendering Plant, U.S. Confirms Massacre in Bosnia

Sarasota Herlad-Tribune
26 September 1992.

WASHINGTON — Ultranationalist Serbs were killing Muslims [Bosniaks] in Bosnia at the rate of up to 50 at a time, then secretly cremating their bodies at night and disposing of them in a rendering plant, according to eyewitness reports that the State Department now accepts as credible.

Senior U.S. officials confirmed Saturday that the State Department last week for the first time obtained graphic, first-person accounts corroborating a massacre of about 3,000 people last May in two Serbian concentration camps operated at a brick factory and a pig farm near the Bosnian town of Brcko. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 6, 2010 at 4:02 am

Serbs Kill Bosniak Civilians, Block U.N. Efforts

By David Crary
Herald-Journal, p.A7
1 March 1993.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Bosnian Serbs massacred civilians and blocked U.N. efforts to evacuate 1,500 sick and wounded people Tuesday as they overran a Muslim enclave in eastern Bosnia, U.N. officials said.

Serbs were “plundering, killing and burning,” said Lyndall Sachs, a U.N. spokeswoman. Serb tanks rumbled through the smouldering ruins of villages where American pilots had dropped thousands of meals the day before, she said.

Some food fell into Serb hands after about 10,000 people it was meant to feed fled into the icy mountains. Muslims trying to collect aid reportedly were picked off by snipers, said another U.N. spokesman. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 6, 2010 at 3:46 am

NATO Hits and Destroys 4 Serbian Fighter Jets

The Daily Gazette, p.A1 and A6.
1 March 1994.

Bosnian Serbs put NATO’s long-questioned resolve to test on Monday and received a swift, severe answer: Missiles from U.S. F-16 fighter jets downed four Serb warplanes.

It was the first time that NATO had struck militarily in its 44-year history, and came after repeated threats by the alliance to intervene to back U.N. resolutions aimed at ending the 23-month war. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 6, 2010 at 3:36 am

Bosnian Muslim Women Repeatedly Raped in the Bosnian Genocide

“A 15-year-old Bosniak [Muslim] girl said she and other women were raped by 19 Bosnian Serb soldiers. She escaped through a window and ran more than four miles through the woods to Bosnian government lines. Her brother’s nose and ears were cut off when he refused to rape their mother, the girl told aid workers.”

ZENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) – The girl shut her eyes but couldn’t block out the laughter of the Bosnian Serb soldiers as they held her stick-thin wrists and raped her over and over again.

She doesn’t remember how many times, but she remembers their laughs: when they raped her and her mother, who was later shot and killed in their home in Zepa, in eastern Bosnia.

The 12-year-old girl, also shot, survived and made her way to government-held Zenica in central Bosnia. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 4, 2010 at 11:41 pm