Voices from Srebrenica

Survivor Narratives of the Bosnian Genocide


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About the Book

In the hills of eastern Bosnia sits the small town of Srebrenica—once known for silver mines and health spas, now infamous for the genocide that occurred there during the Bosnian War. In July 1995, when the town fell to Serbian forces, 12,000 Muslim men and boys fled through the woods, seeking safe territory. Hunted for six days, more than 8000 were captured, killed at execution sites and later buried in mass graves. With harrowing personal narratives by survivors, this book provides eyewitness accounts of the Bosnian genocide, revealing stories of individual trauma, loss and resilience.

About the Author(s)

Ann Petrila is a professor of the practice and coordinator of Global Initiatives at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. Her areas of expertise include global cultural perspectives, trauma, and genocide. Every summer she leads an experiential Bosnia-based course and internship program for University of Denver graduate students.

Hasan Hasanović survived the genocide in Srebrenica and is currently the head of the research department at the Srebrenica-Potočari Genocide Memorial Center in Bosnia. He lectures around the world about genocide and the risks of revisionist history and denial.

Bibliographic Details

Ann Petrila and Hasan Hasanović
Foreword by Emir Suljagić
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 251
Bibliographic Info: 12 photos, maps, glossary, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8334-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4164-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Acronyms 1

Definitions 2

People and Places 5

Maps 12

Timeline 15

Foreword by Emir Suljagiæ 17

Preface by Ann Petrila 19

Introduction 27

Part I. Narratives

1. Execution Site Survivors 36

Ahmo Hasiæ 36

Hakija Huseinoviæ 44

Mevludin Oriæ 50

Nedžad Avdiæ 62

2. Death March Survivors 81

Dr. Fatima ­Dautbašiæ-Klempiæ 81

Hasan Sejfo Hasanoviæ 90

Hasan Aziz Hasanoviæ 103

Haso Hasanoviæ 113

Ramiz Nukiæ 119

3. UN Base Survivor 125

Nesib Mandžiæ 125

4. Mothers of Srebrenica 132

Hajra Æatiæ 132

Nura Mustafiæ 143

Saliha Osmanoviæ 150

5. Human Rights Activists 157

Žarko Koraè 159

Staša Zajoviæ 165

Sonja Biserko 172

Nataša Kandiæ 177

Part II. Aftermath

6. Response 184

Mass Graves 184

International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) 185

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) 186

Women’s Associations 188

The ­Srebrenica-Potoèari Memorial Center and Cemetery 189

7. Ramifications 193

Psychological Responses to War and Genocide 193

Treatment of Psychological Issues 199

Sexual Violence 199

8. The Responsibility of the International Community 203

Failure to Protect 203

Dayton Peace Agreement 209

Failure to Deliver Justice 211

9. Lessons Learned 214

Nationalism 214

Hate Groups 215

Genocide: Theory and Prevention 216

Conclusion: Moving Forward 220

Chapter Notes 223

Bibliography 227

Index 239