Mass funeral held for Srebrenica massacre victims

July 11, 2009 15:23


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On the 14th anniversary of Europe's worst massacre since World War II, tens of thousands of Bosnian Muslims prayed for the dead in Srebrnica on Saturday and buried hundreds of victims recently recovered from mass graves. Thousands of family members moved among the rows of coffins, looking for those of relatives before the 534 victims are laid to rest next to the existing 3,297 graves at the Srebrenica-Potocari memorial center. Every few minutes, new buses of survivors and family members arrived to attend the commemoration of 8,100 Muslim men and boys who were killed in Srebrenica over several days in 1995 when Serb forces overran the town. Every year, more victims' bodies are recovered from mass graves found in the area, identified through DNA analysis and buried. This year among the 534 victims, there are 44 teenagers. Four were 14 when they were killed.

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