Today, Radovan Karadzic was found guilty of genocide for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.
“Finding Karadzic guilty of the Srebrenica genocide, judge O-Gon Kwon said that after Bosnian Serb forces attacked and seized the UN-protected enclave in July 1995, a “plan to destroy the Muslim population” was implemented in an organised way.”
I was able to visit the Srebrenica Memorial last December on a quiet, windless day. It’s a pretty eerie place, set off by the abundant fog, the lack of any noise whatsoever, and the backdrop of forest in the surrounding Dinaric Alps.
From Britannica: “[The] Srebrenica massacre [was the] slaying of more than 7,000 Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) boys and men, perpetrated by Bosnian Serb forces in Srebrenica, a town in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, in July 1995. In addition to the killings, more than 20,000 civilians were expelled from the area — a process known as ethnic cleansing. The massacre…was the worst episode of mass murder within Europe since World War II.”
They provided Muslim prayer rugs for Muslims wishing to pray at the memorial, considering that most of the victims were Muslim men and boys.
In anticipation of the Karadzic verdict, EuroNews posted this very interesting interview with a journalist named Ed Vulliamy who met Karadzic during the war and, shortly thereafter, discovered some of the concentration camps used by the Serbs during the war.
For the full story on finding Karadzic (who evaded capture for 12 years after the Bosnian War), I truly enjoyed the following book: