20 years later, the ghosts of Srebrenica are still alive

The mass killings of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys around Srebrenica carried out by Bosnian Serb troops in July 1995 is widely referred to as the single worst massacre in Europe after World War II. The cruel events happened in the very last months of the civil war in Bosnia (1992-1995) and involved the failure of Dutch UN peacekeeping troops and the international community at large to protect innocent civilians. On 11 July 2015, the 20 years commemoration of the genocide takes place, bringing many world leaders to the memorial in Potocari. In Serbia as well as in Bosnia and Herzegovina itself, however, the population is still split about what happened and how “Srebrenica” should be remembered. The ugly business of memory politics is still in the making. Continue reading “20 years later, the ghosts of Srebrenica are still alive”

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Remembering the Rwandan Genocide: The Difficulty to Remember All Victims

The symbolic flame remembering the victims of the Rwandan genocide

20 years ago the 1994 Rwandan genocide started. In just 100 days some 800,000 to a million people were killed. The world stood by, the international community did literally nothing. The phrase “never again” coined after the Holocaust got an empty phrase. Although, very ironically, Rwanda was on the UN Security Council at the time, the killings were only stopped by the Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF) that invaded the country from Uganda and stopped the killings. Today, Rwanda and the world are remembering the 1994 genocide, although not all victims are commemorated. Continue reading “Remembering the Rwandan Genocide: The Difficulty to Remember All Victims”