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Watch Airplanes Take Off Over Your Head!
Srebrenica, Bosnia, the world's first United Nations Safe Area, was the site of the worst case of genocide in Europe since World War II. In July 1995, the Bosnian Serb army staged a brutal takeover of the small, town and its surrounding region. Over a period of five days, the Bosnian Serb soldiers separated Muslim families and systematically murdered over 7,000 men and boys in fields, schools, and warehouses.
In scenes that gripped the attention of the world, hundreds of women and children were evacuated from Srebrenica . The plight of the city prompted the international community to declare Srebrenica one of five "safe areas" in Bosnia (the others were Zepa, Gorazde, Tuzla, Sarajevo, and Bihac in northwestern Bosnia). . As events at Srebrenica two years later so grimly demonstrated, "the safe areas were among the most profoundly unsafe places in the world" (Silber and Little, The Death of Yugoslavia).
6-8th JULY 1995 Bosnian forces lay seige in Srebrenica where 10 000 civillians have taken refuge from earler Serb offences in North eastern bosnia. They were under protection from 600 Dutch forces. 600??
July 9th 1995 Dutch commander files for UN support. UN refuses. 4000 refugees were in this town by nightfall.
JULY11th 1995- Serb forces start shelling they do not withdraw. 12pm- 20 000 refugees mostly women and chldren flee Dutch bases. There are 600 to defend them. @ 2;30 pm Dutch forces drop 2 bombs on Serb forces.
JULY12th 1995 Buses arrive taking women and children to Muslim territory. Serbs seperate men and boys. in the next 30hrs 23 000 women and children are deported. 15000 muslim men trya nd flee that night. they are shelled.
JULY13th 1995 first killings of unarmed Muslim men take place in an abandoned warehouse, in KRAVICA. Dutch peacekeepers hand over 5000 musilm men in exchange for 14 Dutch prisioners. UN negotiates to get the Dutch out. They have to leave all their weapons behind.
38% of the wars missing people are from dates mentioned above, all men and all in Srebrenica
Jablanica Rail Bridge Monument
On the highway from Sarajevo to Mostar is this bit of WWII interest. Comrade (later Marshall) Tito's Communist partisans blew up this bridge in WWII to keep the Germans from using it.
It has been made into a park with an old steam engine as a monument. You can see the blown up bridge and the train that was on it down in the river.Related to:
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Really get away
I am tagging some photos from my visits to BiH. You better have a car or alot of time for buses and if you don't speak the language bring a translater.
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