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Srebrenica Genocide Map Goes on Display

The “Srebrenica – Mapping Genocide” project was unveiled on Friday as the 16th anniversary of the 1995 mass slaughter by Serbs in the eastern Bosnian town approaches. The projects's authors say the goal is prevent manipulation of the facts about the massacre.

Eldin Hadzovic
Sarajevo

Introductory video of the project Srebrenica - Mapping Genocide

The project “Mapping Genocide” is presented in the form of an animated documentary, which uses 17 maps to show how the massacre unfolded.

Viewers will have the opportunity to see detailed maps of the events before, during, and after the fall of the town to General Ratko Mladic's forces on July 11.

These maps can be watched individually, and the users will have access to all available documents, profiles, reports and video, all available on the website www.srebrenica-mappinggenocide.com.

The video covers the period chronologically from July 6 to July 19 1995, and lasts 220 minutes in total.

Bosnian Serb forces killed some 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the days after they captured the then UN-protected enclave of Srebrenica.

The massacre, which took place five months before the end of Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war, has been qualified as genocide by the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, both based in The Hague.

Most of the 8,000 or so victims have been found in secondary graves, as Serb forces moved remains from initial burial sites to cover up the crimes.

The reconstruction of the Srebrenica events through interactive material was implemented by the Youth Initiative for Human Rights, an NGO, in Sarajevo.

Suada Kapic, author of the “Srebrenica – Mapping Genocide” project, which was initially published last year and distributed in DVD format, told Balkan Insight that the main goal was to prevent manipulation of the facts about the Srebrenica genocide.

“All the evidence in the material is based on relevant rulings of the courts in Hague and on original documents provided by the UN, and the Republika Srpska government. The viewers will now have the chance to use our material for research, or simply to watch the whole video,” Kapic told Balkan Insight.

“We do not consent to the manipulation with facts considering genocide in Srebrenica, which is, sadly to say, common in the Bosnian political milieu,” she added.

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