monument street

The events of July 1995 in Srebrenica were the final step in the destruction of the Bosniak community in Eastern Bosnia particularly, but on the territory of Republika Srpska as a whole. It started in 1992. Don’t forget that.

Do not see Srebrenica as an isolated event because it wasn’t one. This was planned and systematically carried out.

Eastern Bosnia borders Serbia and for the most part River Drina forms the natural border. Most of the towns along the Drina Valley had a Bosniak majority. All were ethnically cleansed in the summer of 1992. More Bosniaks were killed in the Podrinje region, where Srebrenica is located, in a few months of 1992 than in July 1995. 
Višegrad, Bratunac, Foča, Rogatica, Vlasenica, Zvornik.
Not only were the people expelled from the region, and a part of them murdered and placed in mass graves, but historical, cultural, and particularly religious heritage that stood witness to the existence of Bosniaks on this land was systematically destroyed. Every single mosque destroyed, graveyards ploughed over, monuments destroyed, names of streets and institutions that carried Bosniak names changed. 

And this campaign was not unique to this region. Sana Valley in the Krajina region, Doboj area, Brčko area etc - all territories under control of the Army of Republika Srpska had the same fate. And lest we forget the longest siege of a capital city in modern warfare.

Do not see Srebrenica as an isolated event because it wasn’t one. This was planned and systematically carried out. Don’t forget that.

Adriana en la Slovenská Technická Univerzita (Universidad Técnica Eslovaca), Bratislava, Eslovaquia.

Mayo, 2016

Fotografía de Carlos Traspaderne. Hasselblad 500 C/M