“Imams & Rabbis joint visit to Srebrenica-Day Three”- June 2018

On the third day the delegate visited ICMP (International Commission on Missing Persons) in Tuzla. This is the organisation that collects the human remains of the genocide victims of Srebrenica, identifies them by DNA process, and hands them over to their families for burial. It was explained to the group that the victims were often buried in multiple mass graves in order to avoid detection. Therefore it is extremely rare to find a full skeleton. Often mothers have to bury merely two bones of their murdered sons or brothers or husband. The group saw the remains of hundreds of the victims still remaining for DNA identification. So far 8,372 incomplete bodies have been identified and buried in the Srebrenica cemetery. ICMP are still looking for 900 further victims.

From there the group travelled to Srebrenica, where they visited the Srebrenica museum. They met Hassan, a survivor of the “Death march” who spoke about his experiences as a 17 year old in that march. His twin brother and father were murdered alongside him. He says “The experience has stayed with me since then. It follows me every day; from the moment I get up, to the moment I go to sleep, and in my sleep”

At the cemetery Muslim prayers and special Jewish prayers were said for the victims.

Then the group heard the testimony of Nedzad, another seventeen year old survivor of the “Death march”. His father was murdered and he was shot several times. He says: “They began to shoot us in the back. I thought that I would die fast without suffering, thinking that my mum would never know where I ended up.” The next testimony was from Nura, a member of the “Mothers of Srebrenica”. Her husband and three sons were murdered. She wept as she said: “I am still waiting for the remains of my third son to be identified. I am so alone in my old age. I have no family, no grandchildren.”

body parts at ICMP
group at the cemetery
Hassan speaking
names of the Srebrenica victims
Prayers at the graves
Survivors in the cemetry
Nezhad speaking