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Al Jazeera World: Women Who Refuse to Die

We follow four survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre as they look to the future despite the pain of their past.

Filmmaker: Mohamed Kenawi 

"When they took away my children in 1995, they also killed me - in the most brutal manner. This is not life …. I had my family and in just one day I’m left without them, without knowing why. And every morning I ask myself why, but there is no answer. My children were only guilty of having the names they had and their names were different from their killers. It was not only my children killed on July 11, 1995; thousands of other innocent children were murdered in the bloody genocide in Srebrenica …. I no longer have anything to lose; the criminals killed all I had, except for my pride."

Hatidza Mehmedovic

In July 1995, an estimated 8,000 Muslim men and boys - sons, husbands and brothers - were dragged away never to be seen again.

The Srebrenica massacre marks a particularly inhumane and brutal act within the tragedy and bloodshed of the 1992 to 1995 Bosnian War.

This film follows four survivors of the massacre as they look to the future despite the pain of their loss and the angst of trying to make sense of the past.

 Muslim women cry near the coffin of a relative who is among 520 newly-identified Srebrenica victims in Bosnia & Herzegovina. (Photo: Amel Emric/AP via The Daily Telegraph)

11th July, 1995. On this day, 17 years ago Serb troops entered the small town of Srebrenica and carried out one of the worst human rights atrocities ever to take place in Europe. More than 8,000 people, mainly Bosniak Muslim men and boys, were rounded up by Serb forces and murdered en masse. Till this day, bodies of forgotten victims are still being dug up; experts say that the number of missing persons may never be discovered. Funerals are still being held, families are still grieving. Today, more than 30,000 mourners gathered at the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Centre for a mass funeral to put to rest and to pay their respects to the remains of 520 newly-identified victims of the Srebrenica genocide. ‘Among them will be those of six 15-year-old boys, and the oldest genocide victim, a 94-year-old woman.’

The International community failed to act in order to save the people of Srebrenica. Why should we care though? It’s all in the past anyway, what can we do about it now?

Well let me ask you the same question today, about another massacre, that is taking place right before our very eyes, where men, women and children - as was the case in Srebrenica - are being massacred on a daily basis by barbaric troops and thugs, where whole towns are destroyed as a result of heavy and continuous shelling leading many to flee their homes and areas of residence, where the worst methods of torture are used against detainees and political prisoners…We are of course referring to the massacre taking place in Syria now.

The world neglected the people of Srebrenica. This dismal failure on the behalf of the International Community resulted in the massacre of more than 8,000 innocent lives. It is not difficult to draw parallels between the cases of Syria and Srebrenica. The international community - as was the case with Srebrenica - is yet again failing to act in order to stop this massacre in Syria. ‘In 2005, Kofi Annan, the then-UN Secretary-General, noted that, while the blame lay first and foremost with the perpetrators, the tragedy of Srebrenica would haunt the UN’ due to their notable lack of effective action on the genocide that took place at the time.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimates that more than 17,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011; more than double the number of people that were killed in the Srebrenica massacre.

And yet, the world remains silent. I wonder if 17 years from now, we will see articles and news reports on newly-identified victims in Syria who have yet to be put to rest. I wonder if we’ll look back, with regret, if our children will regard us with disgust for our failure to stop such atrocities, for us turning a blind eye…

We may not be able to do anything about the Srebrenica massacre now; the evil has already been done and innocent people have had to pay the price. But I ask you now; with the ongoing situation in Syria and the many innocent civilians being tortured, raped, attacked, maimed, slaughtered and murdered on a daily basis, how do you want events to turn out? What would you like to see reported about Syria in 17-years time? What will you do to help stop the massacre in Syria today? 

[Al Jazeera] [Huffington Post] [SOHR] [Google News]

Martyr, we salute you. Heroes, you, your souls, taken, your lives, taken but you, you remain. You have given what no other could give, you gave freedom, you gave dignity, you gave honour, you gave light, you gave hope. You ceased to live inside that shell of a body so others could carry on inhibiting theirs but you will never cease to live in our thoughts, in our minds, in our hearts. Every breath we inhale, every word we utter, every step we take, every heart that beats, you, you remain. Martyr, we salute you.

I light a tiny candle in this dim world for all those who have lost the light from their souls, whoever you are, wherever you are, we will never forget you, rest in peace.


Muslims pray at the mass funeral for 613 newly-identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre attended by tens of thousands of mourners at the Potocari cemetery and memorial near Srebrenica


“Terrified young boys committed to a mental institution in central Bosnia have been abandoned by the nursing staff when the asylum came under intense Serbian shelling. They rock wildly to and fro screaming with terror with every shell impact to the building. The Children were left to fend for themselves without food or clothing, or any means of sanitation, for a week. The combination of teeth juddering exploding shells, high-pitched screams and the stench of defecation, urination, fear induced vomit from the children was one of the more upsetting situations that I have been in. If one is familiar with the Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch’s work and his interpretation of hell, you are not far off the mark. 

Sebastian Rich Photography.

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Mujic Sabra, a Bosnian Muslim woman cries over the coffin of her son Mujo in a factory hall in Potocari where 610 victims of Srebrenica massacre wait for the funeral. Mujic Sabra, a Bosnian Muslim woman cries over the coffin of her son Mujo on July 10, 2005 in a factory hall in Potocari where 610 victims of Srebrenica massacre wait for the funeral. Tens of thousands of family members, foreign dignitaries and guests are expected to attend a ceremony in Srebrenica on July 11 marking the 10th anniversary of the massacre in which Serb forces killed up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys. 610 identified victims will be buried at a memorial cemetery during the ceremony, their bodies found in some 60 mass graves around the town. More than 1,300 Srebrenica victims are already buried there. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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City of the Day:

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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