Weeping mother – Srebrenica

A mother is weeping at her son’s grave minutes after the burial at the 19th anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide where 175 newly identified victims have been laid to rest.

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Potocari, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

 

Bones from mass grave – Srebrenica

Human remains from a secondary mass grave. Forensic anthropologists from Podrinje Identification Project (PIP) have tried to extract DNA from the bones and connect it to blood samples in ICMP’s databank. Until now they didn’t find a match. Sometimes it is not easy to extract enough intact DNA from bones, often identification is not possible because of the lack of blood samples from relatives.

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Podrinje Identification Project Mortuary, Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Weeping women – Srebrenica

A woman is fainting and another is weeping during the burial of a close relative at the 19th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide.

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Mourning woman – Srebrenica

A Bosnian woman is mourning at the coffin of a relative prior to the mass burial at Potocari.

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Mass burial – Srebrenica

I am beginning to go through and edit some of the images I took at the commemoration and mass burial at the 19th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide and will begin sharing them here. I will also work on a photo-essay regarding the lengthy process of identification of Srebrenica massacre victims.

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Men carry coffins during the commemoration at the 19th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide where 175 newly identified victims were buried.

Human remains from Srebrenica mass grave

Dragana Vučetić, Senior Forensic Anthropologist at the International Comitee for Missing Persons (ICMP), with human remains from a Srebrenica-massacre related ‘secondary mass grave’. For four years now ICMP has tried to extract DNA and connect it to blood samples in their databank. Until now they didn’t find a match. Sometimes it is not easy to extract DNA from bones, often identification is not possible because of the lack of blood samples from relatives.

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Victims of Srebrenica

In the mortuary of Tuzla’s Podrinje Identification Project (PIP) rest several hundred body bags with the remains of victims from the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The dead have been identified through DNA analysis but not yet all of their remains have been found. Family members of the killed victims have decide to wait with a burial until all bones have been excavated. Identification process is complicated by the fact that in the days and weeks following the Srebrenica massacre ‘primary mass graves’ have been unearthed and the remains have been buried in many different ‘secondary mass graves’ to cover tracks.

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Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina.