July 11, 1995 was the day when Dutch forces from United Nations (UN) handed over the city to Serb Forces despite the fear that it will lead to massacre & Genocide of Bosnians.
Each year the day is commemorated as the burial day of new bodies or parts of bodies which are recovered after last burial ceremony. This year the remains of 35 new victims were buried in the memorial centre.
Today we remember the victims of #Srebrenica, who were so brutally killed 23 years ago. Today 35 newly identified bodies will be buried including 16 year old Vesid Ibric, Sahin Halilovic who was 71 and Remzija Dudic who was 6 months pregnant #NeverForget #Srebrenica pic.twitter.com/rOkl0DOO7K
— Remembering Srebrenica (@SrebrenicaUK) July 11, 2018
Around 30,000 people attended the annual event in Srebrenica Memorial Centre to commemorate the worst genocide after Second World War in which 8,373 Muslims were massacred.
23 years ago, the people of Srebrenica fell victim to a genocide. Today, victims are still being laid to rest. One of the darkest moments in modern EU history, this can never happen again. #RememberingSrebrenica pic.twitter.com/qy8yEXxJuk
— Hilde Vautmans (@hildevautmans) July 11, 2018
The victims who were buried this year include a 6 month pregnant women Remzija Dudic, her husband Nijazija. The youngest victim who was indentified this year is Vesid Ibric who was 16 when killed while the oldest victim Sahin Halilovci was 71.
Srebrenica was a Muslim majority city of Bosnia & Herzegovina which was declared a safe area by UN, after the declaration people from adjacent villages and towns took refuge in the city.
When the city was handed over to Serb forces under General Ratko Mladi? he indicated the genocide in these words:
‘We give this town to the Serb nation. The time has come to take revenge on the Muslims.”
I visited #Bosnia last year. It was an emotional journey to say the least.
— Abdul Hamid Faruki (@TjpAbdul) July 11, 2018
In the next few days women were separated from men and then sent to territory under Muslim control.
The men including young boys & aged men were separated and sent to different parts of the Drina Valley where they were tortured, massacred and then buried in mass graves.