Srebrenica July 13 To July 18 1995, One Of The Worst Massacres In The Late Twentieth Century

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According to Sabrina Ramet "From June 1991 to December 1994 between 200.000 and 400.000 people had died as a result of the war between Serbs and non Serbs in Bosnia and Herzegovina" (Balkan Babel, 269). During the same period of time, at least 2.7 million people have been reduced to refugees. Arguably, one of the worst massacres in the late twentieth century took place from July 13th to July 18th 1995 in Srebrenica. Within these five days, approximately 8000 defenseless civilians were executed by the Serbian military. The vast majority of the survivors experienced extensive physical and mental abuse. Brutal torture, psychological hardship and the images of ruthless assaults onto unarmed civilians have forced survivors to live in constant fear and agony for the rest of their lives.Srebrenica is located in the central East part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the population mostly consisted of Muslim believers. The people of this town surrendered all their weapons to the UN military, in return to be protected by the UN forces if they were attacked by the Serbian army. There has been much controversy as to what really happened when Srebrenica was attacked by the Serbian military and the UN soldiers, who were suppose to protect them, stood-by without taking any action. The armed, merciless Serbian army attacked this vulnerable town and murdered children, women and men, whom were unarmed and posed no threat, in cold blood. For those who were not killed in this vicious rage, they were taken prisoner and sent to different locations without knowing what their destiny held. These hostages were physically tied up and beaten until they laid lifeless on the concrete pavement where they were left for days without any food or water. The captives that were extremely wounded were left for several days in their own puddle of blood after being shot at, strike at with bulky metal chains and had their bones broken. A survivor from the Srebrenica massacre recalls being buried under bodies of wounded civilians and laid on a bed of warm blood that covered the concrete floor beneath him. He managed to get up and locate an exit out of the warehouse where this blood bath occurred; in order to escape he had to walk over the bodies as they covered every inch of the floor. Some civilians were still alive and he recalls their cries and moans as he quickly walked over them. "I could feel bones of the people that had been hit by those bursts of gunfire or shells; I could feel their ribs crushing" (Survivor). Most of the prisoners whom experienced these intense physical abuses consisted of men over the age of 14 years old.Those who survived the Srebrenica murders are psychologically disturbed by their personal experiences. Families were forced to watch their parents, brothers, sisters and children killed in front of their eyes while they stood helpless on the sidelines with a gun pointed straight at their head. Others were ripped from the arms of their loved ones, and never...

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