Srebrenica

In Eastern Bosnia, Mak made his way to what had once been a spa town. People traveled to Srebrenica to relax and enjoy themselves. It was built next to an old silver mine, on a single stretch of road. In 1990, 6,000 people lived there; a quarter of them Serbian, the rest were Muslims.

Unfortunately, Srebrenica was in an area claimed by the Serbs. The Serbs were intent on bringing down the community, or at least the Muslim aspect of it “When they began their campaign of ethnic cleansing here, a well organised local movement began offering strong resistance.” (Mak 795) From this hardship rose a Muslim resistance, led by Naser Oric who had once been a bodyguard to Milosevic. In a campaign of violence, Oric went around the countryside of Srebrenica and murdered Serb families. He also plundered the food and resources that the Serbs had stored in their homes and towns. When the Serbian blockade of Srebrenica these stores of food would allow them to survive.

Both sides lost many people and the animosity grew between them. The Serbs surrounded Srebrenica, but were postponed from massacre by a UN envoy who declared the town a demilitarized safe haven. However, “Later it became clear that, by that point, all parties involved had actually given up on the enclave. ” (Mak 796).

Eventually the troops pulled out and Serb troops led by General Ratko Mladic steamrolled the town. When they had taken the town one of the worst human rights failures in history took place (The Guardian). Thousand of Muslims in Srebrenica were systimatically eliminated by the Serbians, an act that would soon be referred to as Genocide.