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Srebrenica Massacre: A Genocide That Will Not Be Forgotten Throughout History

11.07.2023
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Srebrenica Massacre: A Genocide That Will Not Be Forgotten Throughout History
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Srebrenica is a town where a human tragedy occurred during the Bosnian War and horrified the whole world. On July 11, 1995, military units under the command of Ratko Mladic, part of the Bosnian Serb Army, attacked Srebrenica, which was declared a "safe zone" by the UN. This attack resulted in a horrific massacre in which approximately 8.000 Muslim Bosniak civilians were killed, raped and forcibly deported.

The Srebrenica massacre is one of the greatest human tragedies of the 20th century and is recognized as genocide. This brutal attack showed that even Srebrenica, which has the status of a "safe zone" under the supervision of the United Nations, is not safe. The failure of Dutch soldiers, who are UN peacekeepers, to fulfill their responsibility to protect the civilian population here has revealed the desperation and failure of the international community.

During the massacre, Bosniak men selected by Serbian forces were separated and taken to concentration camps, and many were brutally murdered. Women, children and the elderly faced hunger, thirst and physical abuse while trying to reach safe areas by walking through the forest. Many women were raped and subjected to sexual violence.

The tragedy of this genocide has revealed a dark side of humanity. Srebrenica, along with other ethnic cleansing and war crimes during the Bosnian War, showed what horror humanity can face. This incident is an embarrassment not only for the Bosnian Serb Army and its leaders, but also for the UN and the international community.

The Srebrenica massacre is one of the most terrible crimes against humanity. In this brutal attack, thousands of innocent people lost their lives, families were torn apart and a deep wound was opened in a society. Srebrenica should be a lesson for humanity and the international community must increase its efforts to ensure that similar tragedies never happen again. By remembering these dark events of the past, we can take one step closer to our goal of creating a more just, peaceful and respectful world of human rights in the future.