We interview Florence Hartmann, who was a journalist in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s working for Le Monde and later became the official spokesperson for the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
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.
At 4.15pm on 11th July 1995, General Mladić and the Serbian army entered Srebrenica to claim the town for Bosnian Serbs. Fifteen minutes later, with 5,000 refugees inside the enclave, Dutchbat troops claimed their base was full. As Mladić and his troops descended upon the town, 20,000 people sought refuge in nearby factories and fields […]
It is said that there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. For some women in Bosnia, the stages are on loop. For every time a woman thinks she has buried the remains of her husband or her son, another piece of him resurfaces, and she must re-live the anguish all over again.
“There’s something weird about Bosnia: why doesn’t it matter to a public figure’s life that they endorsed or denied the slaughter?...I wonder whether these people, like Handke, consider their searing impact on survivors and bereaved”
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Hatidža’s husband and sons were murdered alongside more than 8,000 men and boys at the genocidal massacre in Srebrenica. In 2002, Hatidža founded the Mothers of Srebrenica to ensure their killers were brought to justice.
Listening to Baroness @arminkahelic on @BBCRadio4’s #DesertIslandDiscs talk about her past in #BiH, her work on #SocialJustice & #PSVI, & her journey to the House of Lords since she arrived in the UK in Oct 1992 as a refugee escaping conflict in #Bosnia. https://t.co/j5pKZMxIx3
Having personally witnessed atrocities of the Bosnian war incl #Srebrenica #genocide in 1995 fresh out of seeing #Rwanda in 1994 and going on to witness the #Darfur genocide in 2003 I feel that the perverse decision of the #Nobel Peace Committee condones Evil & must be resisted https://t.co/OuTdKQVDgc