Muslim men pray in front of coffins during mass funeral in Potocari near Srebrenica

The Srebrenica Massacre in 1995

The Srebrenica massacre in 1995 was the worst atrocity committed on European soil since World War II.

Almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered after eastern Bosnia was overrun by Bosnian Serb forces.

It was one of the darkest episodes of Bosnia’s bloody three-year civil war which claimed some 100,000 lives.

And left 2.2 million others homeless during the break-up of the former Yugoslavia in 1991.

Declared a “safe area” by the UN in April 1993, the mainly-Muslim town of Srebrenica was surrounded by Bosnian Serb army forces in a slow stranglehold for the next two years.

On the morning of 11 July, 1995, the Bosnian Serbs’ army finally overran Srebrenica.

This caused tens of thousands of refugees to flee to the UN peacekeeping force’s compound at Potocari.

The refugees inside the base were eventually expelled into the hands of waiting Bosnian Serb troops.

The troops started forcibly busing people out, separating the men and boys from the women.

In the following days almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys were systematically butchered.

All this happend under the command of Ratko Mladic. The bodies were dumped in mass graves.

Some 6,600 of the massacre victims have been exhumed, identified and reburied.

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