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Bosnians warn Ukrainians: It’s a long journey

2022 Apr 18, 14:16, Sarajevo
A gravestone in memory of victims of the Srebrenica massacre is seen at the Potocari memorial center near Srebrenica, Bosnia, Thursday, May 26, 2011. Survivors of war crimes committed during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war say the victims of ongoing human rights abuses in Ukraine should learn from their experience of fighting for justice, but that they must first make peace with the fact that reaching it will inevitably be a lengthy and painful process. (AP Photo)

Regardless of how the Russian war in Ukraine ends, getting justice for human rights abuses suffered during the conflict will inevitably be a long and painful process for those who survive to tell of the atrocities they witnessed.

That’s the message from survivors of Bosnia’s 1992-95 internecine war, who have dedicated the ensuing years to the re-telling and re-living of their trauma in hope of bringing those responsible to justice and setting the historical record straight.

“For me, it is personal. I am still searching for the remains of my brother. I cannot move on. I cannot focus on something else and leave that behind,” said Edin Ramulic from the northwestern Bosnian town of Prijedor.

Ramulic was 22-year-old university graduate when, in April 1992, he and his male relatives, including his older brother and father, were rounded up by Bosnian Serbs, along with thousands of other non-Serb civilians from Prijedor and surrounding villages, to be deported from the area, imprisoned, tortured or killed.


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