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Bosnian Genocide, 1992-1995

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World Looked Away, While Serbs Mutilated Bosniaks in Camps

Photo: Notorious Ciglana concentration camp near Zvornik. Čelopek, Ekonomija and Ciglana were three camps in which Serbs tortured and then mutilated Bosniak civilians in the municipality of Zvornik, eastern Bosnia (near Srebrenica). They cut Muslim ears, noses, and genitalia. Prisoners died in excruciating pain. Darko Janković (aka: 'Pufta') - from Kraljevo, Serbia - was particularly brutal. He was a collector of Muslim eyes, nose and ears; he took sadistic pleasure in butchering of Bosniak civilians.

Photo: Notorious Ciglana concentration camp near Zvornik. Čelopek, Ekonomija and Ciglana were three camps in which Serbs tortured and then mutilated Bosniak civilians in the municipality of Zvornik, eastern Bosnia (near Srebrenica). They cut Muslim ears, noses, and genitalia. Prisoners died in excruciating pain. Darko Janković (aka: 'Pufta') - from Kraljevo, Serbia - was particularly brutal. He was a collector of Muslim eyes, noses and ears; he took sadistic pleasure in butchering of Bosniak civilians. Photo credits: Hague Tribunal.

“The Serbs are taking out Muslims’ eyes, cutting off their fingers, ears, noses, cutting their bodies step by step and putting salt on their wounds, scarring their foreheads and backs or cheeks with Orthodox crosses and cutting off women’s breasts…”

Calling Attention to the Slaughter

By Nahid Khan
Moscow-Pullman Daily News
13 November 1992.

PULLMAN — Abdullah Hodzic was formerly the chief imam, or Muslim religious leader, of Zvornik, a Bosnian province [municipality] bordering Serbia.

That is, until the Serb army destroyed his mosque, burned all the books of his library and killed or drove out all the Bosnian Muslims [Bosniaks] from the area. Read the rest of this entry »

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Primitive Serb Peasants Blamed for the Destruction of Bosnia

First the Bricks, then the Soul

New Sunday Times
18 October 1992.

By Rohas
(A Bosnian refugee)

ZAGREB: The Serbian academic dissident Bogdan Bogdanovic said:

“Serbian fascism is especially dangerous because it originates in the rural areas, and feels no responsibility for the architecture of towns.”

Their criminal attack on urban areas has been especially directed towards Bosnia-Herzegovinian towns, mainly the Muslim ones of Foca, Visegrad, Zvornik, Sarajevo, Srebrenica, Brcko, and the old towns of Prusac.

Bosniak and Croatian architectures of value in Mostar have been especially attacked and religious buildings — mosques, abbeys, Catholic churches, graveyards, and other sacred places, have become particular targets. Read the rest of this entry »

Bosnian Genocide Survivor of the Karakaj Massacre: "Up to 700 Killed"

Photo: Bosnian workers carry a body bag of human remains as forensic experts of the International Commission for Missing Persons, ICMP, inspect human remains at a mass-grave site in the village of Karakaj near the eastern Bosnian town of Zvornik, Sunday, May 25, 2008.

The Spokesman-Review
24 June 1992.

By Dan Stets

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — When the Serbian guards started shooting, Fedhija Hasanovic was so terrified that he fell to the floor. The impulse saved his life. Fourteen of the 16 Bosnian [Bosnian Muslim] men in the room with him died instantly. The 15th, wounded in the stomach, took a bit longer.

Hasanovic, who managed to crawl away over the corpses of his neighbors, is one of a few known survivors of a death camp run by Serbs in a village called Karakaj in northeastern Bosnia near the town of Zvornik.

Serbian fighters herded about 700 Bosnian Muslim men into the technical school in Karakaj on June 1, 1992; when Hasanovic escaped on Jun e8, at least 400 of them were dead. He suspects that Serbian guards have since then killed the remaining 300. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 3, 2011 at 4:10 am

The Earliest Victims of Bosnian War: Karakaj massacre near Zvornik claims lives of hundreds Bosniak civilians

Photo #1: A Bosnian worker inspects a recovered wallet with a coin of the former Yugoslavia during the exhumation of a mass-grave site in the village of Karakaj near the eastern Bosnian town of Zvornik, Sunday, May 25, 2008. Serb forces slaughtered around 700 Bosniak civlians in Karakaj in 1992. Officials say they have found a mass grave that apparently contains at least 42 bodies of what may be the earliest victims of the Bosnian war, Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) killed during the April 1992 Serb attack on Zvornik. Forensic experts turned up the first remains at the edge of a swamp and have so far exhumed 20 bodies. Some 30,000 people went missing in Bosnia during the 1992-95 war and over the years experts have been finding their bodies in mass graves throughout the country. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 3, 2011 at 3:01 am

Serbs slaughter 700-900 Bosniak civilians in Zvornik massacre

Serbs tortured and killed Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) civilians in Celopek concentration camp near Zvornik.

The Zvornik massacre refers to the killing of 700-900 Bosniaks as well as ethnic cleansing of 40,000 in Zvornik in the first days of the Bosnian war, more than three years before the Srebrenica genocide. Serbian paramilitary groups – “Arkanovci”, Territorial Defence units (TO), White Eagles, Yellow Wasps and others – carried out the acts in Zvornik from 1992 until 1995, during the Bosnian war. It was the second Bosnian city that was forcefully taken over by the Serb forces.

The Research and Documentation Center in Sarajevo established a list of 4,127 missed or killed persons in the Zvornik area, which makes it the fifth largest event in the war by death toll, after the Siege of Sarajevo, the Srebrenica massacre, the Siege of Bihać and the Prijedor massacre.

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January 3, 2011 at 2:07 am

250 Muslims Killed in the Cerska Massacre (1993) near Srebrenica

U.N. Commander Treks to Ravaged Bosnian Enclave

A Bosnian Muslim woman who lost her relatives looks at human remains found in a mass grave in the village of Cerska. In March of 1993, more than two years before the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, Serbs overrun the Muslim village and slaughtered up to 250 Bosniak women, children and the elderly men.

A Bosnian Muslim woman who lost her relatives looks at human remains found in a mass grave in the village of Cerska. In March of 1993, more than two years before the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, Serbs overrun the Muslim village and slaughtered up to 250 Bosniak women, children and the elderly men.

Times Daily
6 March 1993.
By George Jahn

TUZLA, Bosnia-Herzegovina — The commander of U.N. troops in Bosnia boldly headed for a besieged government enclave on Friday, hopping to evacuate thousands of desperate Muslim [Bosniak] refugees driven from their homes.

Gen. Philippe Morillon’s trek into the heart of the worst fighting in eastern Bosnia signaled growing international concern over the failure of peace talks and U.S. airdrops to halt the carnage.

Bosnian Muslim man Smajil Hukic, 80, who lost his relatives looks on in front of mass grave in attempt to identify his relatives in a mass grave in the village of Cerska near Srebrenica (formerly in nearby municipality of Vlasenica, now in the Serb municipality of Milici)

Bosnian Muslim man Smajil Hukic, 80, who lost his relatives looks on in front of mass grave in attempt to identify his relatives in a mass grave in the village of Cerska near Srebrenica (formerly in nearby municipality of Vlasenica, now in the Serb municipality of Milici)

President Clinton, referring to the practice of “ethnic cleansing,” said the latest Serb offensive showed that they were succeeding in their campaign to drive Bosnian Muslims from the region. He pledged to tighten sanctions against the Serbs with a further crackdown that a spokesman said would “inflict real pain” on the aggressors.
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December 27, 2010 at 2:21 am

Bosnian Muslim Survivor of the Cerska Massacre (1993) Hid Under Corpses

Survivor Tells of Massacre in Eastern Bosnia

Lodi News-Sentinel
6 March 1993.

Bosnian Muslim man Smajil Hukic, 80, who lost his relatives looks on in front of mass grave in attempt to identify his relatives in a mass grave in the village of Cerska near Srebrenica (formerly in nearby municipality of Vlasenica, now in the Serb municipality of Milici)

Bosnian Muslim man Smajil Hukic, 80, who lost his relatives looks on in front of mass grave in attempt to identify his relatives in a mass grave in the village of Cerska near Srebrenica (formerly in nearby municipality of Vlasenica, now in the Serb municipality of Milici)

ZAGREB, Croatia — A Bosniak [Bosnian Muslim] refugee in eastern Bosnia told a ham radio operator Friday that he survived a Serb massacre because corpses fell on him and protected him from gunfire.

This and other accounts of a massacre Wednesday of scores of people near the embattled Cerska region could not be confirmed. Ham radio and U.N. officials have cited many reports of Serb atrocities during an offensive that began Sunday, but reporters are unable to enter the Serb-besieged area to investigate.

According to the various accounts, Serb gunmen unleashed a barrage of gunfire and grenades on a group of about 100 refugees near Mount Rogasija. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 27, 2010 at 1:17 am