From the siege of sarajevo to srebrenica
Following the death of Josip Broz Tito, leaders clinging to ethno-nationalism rose to power across Yugoslavia. Bosnia and Herzegovina, a majority Muslim republic, found itself under attack by Serb and Croat forces in a race for expansionism and power. Once considered a melting pot of cultures in which Jews, Muslims, Christians, Catholics and others lived side by side in peace…the small country found its Bosniak-Muslim population defenseless as the Serb army laid siege to its town and villages in an attempt to exterminate and “ethnically cleanse” the country of Bosnian Muslims. To find out more about how the genocide in Srebrenica and Bosnia unfolded, we have prepared a variety of resources and academic articles on the systematic and industrialised process of genocide and ethnic cleansing which took place during the Bosnian War.
The Bosnian Genocide Timeline
Bosnian War and Genocide- History and Analysis
Mortal remains of 19 victims of the Bosnian Genocide will be buried at the Potocari-Srebrenica Memorial Centre this year. Each year, mass graves are uncovered containing the remains of those who were killed in the genocide in 1995.
On 6th April 1993, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 819, declaring that Srebrenica and a 30 square mile area around the town was a United Nations Safe Area. The UN promised the people of Srebrenica safety and security. Their promises fell through as genocide began.
Over the course of just three years, torn by a rising wave of ethno-nationalism , the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia disintegrated into five successor states: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (later known as Serbia and Montenegro). Click on the interactive map to see how this unfolded.
Witnessing Genocide: Journalists & Academics
Award-winning photographers and journalists recount their experiences of witnessing a war through the lens.