Some of the most powerful images from Bosnia
1995: A grinning Ratko Mladic, military commander of the Army of Republika Srpska, pats Bosnian Muslim boy Izudin Alic, then 8, on the head and assures him everyone in Srebrenica, Bosnia, would be safe, as other young Bosnian Muslims look on. Just hours later, Ratko Mladic’s army murdered over 8,000 Muslim men and boys, including Izudin’s father and uncles, known as the Srebrenica genocide, and ditched them in mass graves. Izudin Alic escaped with his life to bear witness to the incident.
2011: Izudin Alic visits his father’s gravestone at the memorial cemetery Potocari, near Srebrenica. Alic recalls with crystal clarity the sunny day he met the former military commander who gave him chocolate, and who now faces genocide charges at the UN war crimes tribunal. “I was 8 and I didn’t know what was going on and who Ratko Mladic was,” Izudin Alic told The Associated Press.
The United Nations had declared the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica, besieged by Serbs throughout the conflict, a protected area for civilians. When Mladic’s troops overran the enclave, 20,000 people flocked to the U.N. base outside Srebrenica for protection.
So did the Alic family — young Izudin, his two sisters, his mother and his grandfather.
When Serb troops reached the base, the outgunned and outnumbered 400 Dutch “peacekeepers” never fired a shot, and Mladic’s troops began separating out the men for execution.
This is so horrible. Reminds me of the riots in Gujarat when the police did nothing as Hindu mobs attacked and killed Muslim men and raped the women.