bosnian people

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20 years ago today, the Bosnian people faced the greatest genocide in Europe since the Holocaust in World War II. Over a period of 11 days, more than 8,000 of the men and boys were massacred while the women faced unspeakable torture. All this while the UN “peacekeepers” watched from the safety of the surrounding hills. According to some eyewitness testimonies Dutch peacekeepers were among the refugees watching as the Serbs raped and murdered them. Those same “peacekeepers” had declared Srebrenica a “UN Safe Zone” before the Serbs came and killed everyone.

Why did the Serbs kill the Bosnians? Because the Bosnians are a proud European Muslim people. The Bosnians were killed for their Islam.

I will never forget when I met a Bosnian girl and her mother, both refugees, from that time.

“So where are you from?”
“I am from Srebrenica.”
“Where is the rest of your family?”

She gave me a slightly annoyed look as if to tell me I should know better, and repeated:

“I am from Srebrenica.”

~ Shibli Zaman

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Took me a while to respond, so sorry! I’m getting through all the asks rn!

I tried to shape the answer in a way it can reveal more about these nations, not just their partner preferences. And not a  single question is a stupid one ! ; )

Now, I know I’m stepping into “murky waters” by stereotyping… It’s a bad thing to do and I’m well aware of that! Sure, this is Hetalia and we don’t take our beloved characters all too seriously, but I still feel this should be emphasized. These descriptions pertain to how these nations are usually viewed by foreigners of the opposite sex. Of course you can find a very shy Serb, show-off Slovene, a Montenegrin that adores strong women and a reserved Bosnian. All people are unique, so let’s keep that in mind. : ) 


P.S. You may notice slight changes in Bosnia! I really have no idea why I didn’t make him resemble Turkey more when I designed him. Bosnia sees himself as his little brother anyways. Will touch up on that!

Srebrenica, 11 July 1995

I’ve seen like one post about Srebrenica today and that is nowhere near enough, so I felt like I have to write at least something.

So, kids, twenty years ago there was a war when former Yugoslavia was breaking apart into different countries - Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina.. (well several wars in fact but that’s for another day). Exactly 20 years ago today, July 11th, serbian forces led by Ratko Mladic (who is currently on trial for crimes against humanity in Haag) started a genocide in Srebrenica, a bosnian town close to the serbian border, systematically executing around 8,000 bosnian muslims.

8,000 people. 8,000 boys and men were murdered and put in holes in the ground and then later dug up and mixed around to make identifying the bodies harder. Today, victims are still being identified and given a proper burial by their loved ones.

This was the first genocide in Europe since the Holocaust. So many people’s lives were destroyed by this.

We need to talk about this. We need to remember this. We need to keep it from happening again.

We must not forget. 

WE MUST NOT FORGET.

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This year is the 21st anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide and the United Kingdom’s Srebrenica Memorial Week runs from Sunday 10 July to Sunday 17 July 2016. Our theme to mark this milestone anniversary is ’21: Coming of age – time to act’.

The Srebrenica genocide is the single greatest atrocity in Europe since the Second World War and a brutal reminder of man’s inhumanity to man. Twenty-one represents a coming of age – a passage into adulthood. Hundreds of Bosnian young people never had the chance to live their dreams and live their lives.

Nedžad was just 17 when the Bosnian Serb murder squads came to Srebrenica in July 1995. They shot him and left the teenager to die. Somehow, he managed to survive and tell his story.

Hatidža lost her husband and two sons in the genocide. With other civilians, she had tried to find protection in the UN base at Potočari, only to find that troops led by Ratko Mladić had taken over and begun days of killing and torture.

Ferhat pasha Sokolović
Ferhat-pasha Sokolović (died 1586) was an Ottoman general and statesman from Bosnia and Herzegovina of Bosnian origin.

Ferhat-pasha was born into the famous Bosnian family, which among others, also gave the Ottoman Grand Vizier Mehmed Pasha Sokolović.Ferhat Pasha was governor of the sanjak of Klis between 1566 and 1574. Then he moved back to Bosnia, and was one of the founding fathers of Banja Luka, the second largest city in modern Bosnia and Herzegovina. There, he built over 200 buildings ranging from artisan and sales shops to wheat warehouses, baths and mosques. Among more important commissions were the Ferhadija and Arnaudija mosques during which construction a plumbing infrastructure was laid that served surrounding residential areas.

Ferhat-pasha Sokolović with 10,000 soldiers organized three major assaults and tried to take Gvozdansko Castle in the Kingdom of Croatia in the Habsburg Monarchy. Finally, when the Ottomans entered the castle gates, all the defending forces were already dead of wounds, hunger and cold. The Siege of Gvozdansko ended with an Ottoman victory on 13 January 1578.Ferhat Pasha was so moved by their bravery that they were conceded a Christian burial and the local population freed from taxes

The main and only reason Russia denied that Genocide did happen in Bosnia is because they’re allies with the people that commited the Genocide on the Bosnian people. It’s completely unfair to not let a whole nation get the Justice they deserve. There is so much proof that Genocide did happen and the fact that people can deny such a thing hurts my heart.