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Both of his eyes were blown out in the Srebrenica Children Massacre (1993)

Hospital Copes with Bosniak kids maimed in Serb attack

Daily Times, p. A5
15 April 1993.

TUZLA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Sead Bekric, 14, lay writhing in his hospital bed, begging the nurses to assure him he will see again. He will not.

His eyes were detroyed by Serb fire in Srebrenica.

In another ward, Enes Babic, 6, screamed, “Don’t touch me, don’t touch me!” and clutched his blanked as nurses tried to attend his wounds.

His face was pocked with shrapnel wounds suffered Monday when artillery fell on a Srebrenica school.

Both children were among about 650 Muslim [Bosniak] refugees Read the rest of this entry »

Tears for Kids, the 1993 Srebrenica Children Massacre

(Photos courtesy: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., from video testimony about the 1993 Srebrenica Children Massacre)

Bosnian Genocide (1993) -- Srebrenica Children Massacre, April 1993. Photo courtesy: The USHMM, video screenshots.

The Srebrenica Children Massacre refers to the killing of as many as 62 children among the victims when the elementary school in Srebrenica, eastern Bosnia, was shelled by the Army of Republika Srpska in April 1993.

The Srebrenica Children Massacre occurred two years before the Srebrenica genocide.

On 12 April 1993, the Bosnian Serbs told the UNHCR representatives that they would attack the town of Srebrenica within two days unless the Bosniaks surrendered. The same day, Serbs attacked Srebrenica’s elementary school, killing 62 Bosniak children and wounding 152 others.

Bosnian Genocide (1993) -- Srebrenica Children Massacre, April 1993. Photo courtesy: The USHMM, video screenshots.

Bosnian Genocide (1993) -- Srebrenica Children Massacre, April 1993. Photo courtesy: The USHMM, video screenshots.

According to evidence given to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia by Sead Bekric, one of the survivors, describing how he was blinded at the age of 14, “There was a soccer field in Srebrenica on April 12th 1993 and there was a massive amount of people and we had a match and there was a shelling from Zvijezda, from the hill above Bratunac and the soccer field was shelled and I was blinded, together with 62 other people killed on the soccer field. … My understanding there was about 60, 62 people killed on that day and there was over 100 wounded on that day.”

Bosnian Genocide (1993) -- Srebrenica Children Massacre in April 1993. Video screenshot courtesy of CNN.

Bosnian Genocide (1993) -- Srebrenica Children Massacre in April 1993. Video screenshot courtesy of CNN.

Survivors were treated by Dr Nedret Mujkanovic, who in an interview with Chuck Sudetic described how people were sitting around in front of the refugee-packed school and children were playing football and other games. “In less than one minute, seven rockets from a multiple-rocket launcher fell in an area about half the size of a football field.”

Srebrenica Children Massacre (Bosnian Genocide) in 1993

Srebrenica Children Massacre (Bosnian Genocide) in 1993

Dr. Mujkanovic told Sudetic that 36 people had died immediately and 102 had been seriously wounded. He said that the Serbs knew there was a camp of refugees from Cerska and Konjevic Polje in the school. “They directed their fire at that location. It came completely by surprise. There were pieces of women scattered about, and you could not see how to fit them together. I saw one dead mother lying on the ground and holding the hands of her two dead children. They all had no heads.”

Photo of Sead Bekric, child victim of the 1993 Srebrenica Children Massacre. Shrapnel from a mortar had swept away this boy's eyes and blinded him, part of his skull was also crushed.

Photo of Sead Bekric, child victim of the 1993 Srebrenica Children Massacre. Shrapnel from a mortar had swept away this boy's eyes and blinded him, part of his skull was also crushed. Credits: James Mason

Dr Mujkanovic subsequently gave evidence to the ICTY about the shelling on 12 April. Srebrenica was under general attack. After the fall of Cerska and Konjevic Polje, their population of 15,000 or more had fled to Srebrenica and were accommodated in the primary and secondary schools in Srebrenica and even on the streets. When the school was shelled over 100 people were killed and approximately the same number seriously injured, including lots of women, lots of children and some men. Dr Mujkanovic also told the Tribunal how the evacuation of the injured had been shelled by the Serbs.

There is some confusion about the final number of the dead. No formal investigation was conducted as far as Sead Bekric’s evidence to the ICTY indicates.

Footage from Tony Birtley video reporting.

Footage from ABC reporting from Srebrenica by Tony Birtley.

The massacre and the injured Sead Bekric were seen as emblematic of the fate of the child victims of the violent war of ethnic cleansing unleashed in Bosnia. Sead’s face was shown around the world by CNN television. The cover of the 10 May 1993 edition of Newsweek magazine printed one large, self-explanatory word across Sead’s injured chest: “Bosnia.”

This massacre occurred immediately before the United Nations declared Srebrenica a “safe haven”, and more than two years before the Srebrenica genocide.

The massacre is also mentioned in Emir Suljagic’s personal account of the siege and fall of Srebrenica, “Postcards from the Grave”.

Slaughter of Bosniak Children around Srebrenica in 1992

Here is what the Bosnian Serb army had been doing around Srebrenica in 1992, three years before the Srebrenica genocide. According to the International Criminal Tribunal at the Hague (case of Naser Oric):

“Between April 1992 and March 1993, Srebrenica town and the villages in the area held by Bosnian Muslims were constantly subjected to Serb military assaults, including artillery attacks, sniper fire, as well as occasional bombing from aircrafts. Each onslaught followed a similar pattern. Serb soldiers and paramilitaries surrounded a Bosnian Muslim village or hamlet, called upon the population to surrender their weapons, and then began with indiscriminate shelling and shooting. In most cases, they then entered the village or hamlet, expelled or killed the population, who offered no significant resistance, and destroyed their homes. During this period, Srebrenica was subjected to indiscriminate shelling from all directions on a daily basis. Potočari in particular was a daily target for Serb artillery and infantry because it was a sensitive point in the defence line around Srebrenica. Other Bosnian Muslim settlements were routinely attacked as well. All this resulted in a great number of refugees and casualties.”

Exhibit A: Bosnian Genocide Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslim civilians in 1992.

Bosniak child seriously wounded by Serb shelling of Bosnian Muslim towns and villages around Srebrenica in 1992, three years before the Srebrenica massacre.

Exhibit B: Bosnian Genocide Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslim civilians in 1992.

Bosniak child seriously wounded by Serb shelling of Bosnian Muslim towns and villages around Srebrenica in 1992, three years before the Srebrenica massacre.

Exhibit C: Bosnian Genocide Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslim civilians in 1992.

Bosniak child seriously wounded by Serb shelling of Bosnian Muslim towns and villages around Srebrenica in 1992, three years before the Srebrenica massacre.

Exhibit D: Bosnian Genocide Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslim civilians in 1992.

Bosniak child seriously wounded by Serb shelling of Bosnian Muslim towns and villages around Srebrenica in 1992, three years before the Srebrenica massacre.

Exhibit E: Bosnian Genocide Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslim civilians in 1992.

Bosniak child seriously wounded by Serb shelling of Bosnian Muslim towns and villages around Srebrenica in 1992, three years before the Srebrenica massacre.

Exhibit F: Bosnian Genocide Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslim civilians in 1992.

Bosniak child killed by Serb sniper in the vicinity of Srebrenica in 1992, three years before the Srebrenica massacre.

Exhibit G: Bosnian Genocide Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslim civilians in 1992.

Bosniak child seriously wounded by Serb shelling of Bosnian Muslim towns and villages around Srebrenica in 1992, three years before the Srebrenica massacre.

Exhibit H: Bosnian Genocide Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslim civilians in 1992.

Bosniak child seriously wounded by Serb shelling of Bosnian Muslim towns and villages around Srebrenica in 1992, three years before the Srebrenica massacre.

Exhibit I: Bosnian Genocide Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslim civilians in 1992.

Bosniak child seriously wounded by Serb shelling of Bosnian Muslim towns and villages around Srebrenica in 1992, three years before the Srebrenica massacre.

Exhibit J: Bosnian Genocide Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslim civilians in 1992.

Bosniak child seriously wounded by Serb shelling of Bosnian Muslim towns and villages around Srebrenica in 1992, three years before the Srebrenica massacre.

Exhibit K: Bosnian Genocide Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslim civilians in 1992.

Bosniak child killed by Serb shelling in Gorazde, south-west of Srebrenica in 1992, three years before the Srebrenica massacre.

Exhibit L: Bosnian Genocide Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslim civilians in 1992.

Bosniak child killed by Serb shelling of Gorazde, south west of Srebrenica in 1992, three years before the Srebrenica massacre.

Exhibit M: Bosnian Genocide Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslim civilians in 1992.

Bosniak child Sead Bekric seriously wounded and blinded in the Srebrenica Children Massacre in April of 1993, two years before the Srebrenica massacre.

Exhibit N: Bosnian Genocide Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslim civilians in 1992.

Bosniak child Sead Bekric seriously wounded and blinded in the Srebrenica Children Massacre in April of 1993, two years before the Srebrenica massacre.

Exhibit O: Bosnian Genocide Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslim civilians in 1992.

Bosniak child Sead Bekric seriously wounded and blinded in the Srebrenica Children Massacre in April of 1993, two years before the Srebrenica massacre..

Exhibit P: Bosnian Genocide Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslim civilians in 1992.

Bosniak child Sead Bekric seriously wounded and blinded in the Srebrenica Children Massacre in April of 1993, two years before the Srebrenica massacre..

Exhibit R: Bosnian Genocide Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslim civilians in 1992.

Bosniak child killed by Serb shelling of Srebrenica in 1992, three years before the Srebrenica massacre.

Exhibit S: Bosnian Genocide Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslim civilians in 1992.

Bosniak child seriously wounded by Serb shelling of Srebrenica in 1992, three years before the Srebrenica massacre.

Exhibit T: osnian Genocide Bratunac massacre of Bosnian Muslim civilians in 1992.

Remains of a pregnant Bosniak woman, Zekira Begic, and her unborn baby excavated from a mass grave Suha in the Srebrenica region, near Bratunac. Fetus body was preserved in mother’s womb with tiny legs and undeveloped brain clearly visible. Pathologist at the University Clinical Center Tuzla inspected the remains of defenceless victims.

Exhibit U: Bosnian Genocide in Bratunac massacre (Suha massacre) of Bosnian Muslim civilians in 1992

Remains of Bosniak children killed by Serbs in the Suha massacre in 1992, Bratunac/Srebrenica pocket, three years before the Srebrenica genocide. 

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January 14, 2011 at 4:21 am