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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, 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 »