Genocide in Bosnia

Bosnian Genocide, 1992-1995

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Bosnian Refugee Describes Horrible Year Running From Death

The Southeast Missourian, p.3A
22 March 1993.
[two years before the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide]

TUZLA, Bosnia-Herzegovina – As others fought to get on the U.N. trucks leaving besieged Srebrenica, Sabira Bosancic wa screaming to stay. But foreign relief workers didn’t understand her words: “Don’t tear me away from my family!”

Many fellow refugees from the town on Sunday savored their first day in nearly a year in which they did not have to fear dying of starvation or Serb shelling. But Mrs. Bosancic, among the 673 hustled by U.N. personnel into trucks and driven to Tuzla Saturday, wept while thinking of the two children she had been forced to leave behind. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 25, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Rare photo of a Hero, Srebrenica's Naser Oric in 1993

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.”

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January 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Cerska massacre, Serbs Cut Throats to Bosnian Muslim Victims

Serb Forces Massacre Bosniak Civilians

By Chuck Sudetic
4 March 1993

TUZLA, Bosnia-Herzegovina — After overrunning much of a Muslim enclave in eastern Bosnia, Serbian forces rained artillery shells today on thousands of Bosniaks Muslims trapped in the snow-covered region, United Nations officials here said.

The reports led the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Sadako Ogata, to send a message to the United Nations saying that, even based on the most conservative reports, the Bosnian Serbs were committing a massacre. She said most of the Muslim victims were found with their throats cut. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 2, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Srebrenica Thanks U.S. Army for Airdrops (1993)

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
12 March 1993.

nited States Air Force conducted humanitarian air drops to besieged Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica saving thousands of civilians from starvation.

United States Air Force conducted humanitarian air drops to besieged Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica.

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

Dr. Simon Mardel: Horrific Situation Around Srebrenica 2 Years Before Genocide

WHO Doctor: Serbs Target Bosniak Civilians and U.N.

Gettysburg Times
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 »

"Srebrenica wasn't exaggerated. It was the worst place I've ever seen"

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 »

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December 16, 2010 at 10:05 pm

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 »