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BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA. Potocari. July 9 & 11, 2017.

The remains of 71 victims of the bloodshed, which has been ruled genocide by international courts, were laid to rest in a joint funeral at a memorial cemetery in Potocari, near Srebrenica.

They included a 33-year-old woman and seven people who were under 18 when they were killed.

Adela Efendic said she had come to “finally say goodbye” to her father Senaid, who was 35 when he was killed.

“His remains were found nine years ago in a common grave, but only a few bones,” the 22-year-old said, her head covered with a violet veil and tears streaming down her cheeks.

“We were waiting, hoping to find more, but nothing turned up… We decided to bury him now so his bones find peace,” said Efendic, who was just 20 days old when her father died.

“I have only one photo of him, a small one, like for an ID card. But my mother told me a lot about him… it allows me to imagine him.”

Bosnian Serb forces captured the eastern Bosnian town, a UN-protected enclave at the time, on July 11, 1995, five months before the end of Bosnia’s inter-ethnic war.

In the following days they summarily killed some 8,000 Muslim men and boys.

(1) (4) (7) (9) Bosnian Muslims pray among gravestones during a funeral ceremony for dozens of newly identified victims of the 1995 massacre, at the memorial centre near Srebrenica, 150 kms north east of Sarajevo. Amel Emric/AP

(2) People carry the coffin during a funeral ceremony of newly identified 71 Srebrenica genocide victims, to mark the 22nd anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. Mustafa Ozturk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

(3) Bosnian Muslims, survivors of the Srebrenica 1995 massacre, as well as other visitors, carry one of many caskets containing the remains of their relatives, before final burial at a memorial cemetery. Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

(5) A woman mourns near coffins of her relatives, who are newly identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Photo: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

(6) A Bosnian girl reads a name tag on a coffin among 71 caskets displayed at the memorial centre. Amel Emric/AP

(8) A red carnation is placed on a monument containing the names of victims during a funeral ceremony. Talha Ozturk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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