Six hundred and thirteen victims of genocide in Srebrenica were buried today (7/11/2011) in the Memorial Center Potocari (Srebrenica). So far, 5,137 souls has found peace at the cemetery in Potocari. The event went without any incidents.
Hakija Meholjić survived the hell of Srebrenica. His brothers and other family members have not. He came here today to bury close relatives of his wife. As one of the wartime commanders, he was one of the first to return to Srebrenica, striving to help make life in this city possible again: “Today, all this is sad and it’s history. This should be done with dignity. On behalf of the dead, something has to be done for the living too. When I talk about the living people, I’m talking about the citizens of all nationalities. By building peace, reconciliation and restoring the mutual trust, we’ll build the future, because this is certainly the wish of the dead, regardless of nationality,” says Meholjić.
Marija Perkovic, in the name of organization “Women in Black” from Belgrade, is explaining why they come to Potocari every year: “In our case, there is this collective responsibility that applies because we come from Serbia who is ultimately the most responsible for the genocide committed in Srebrenica. Therefore we think that we need to be here every year because that is the only way, I think, we can show ourselves and others that we are humans”.
Today’s 16th memorial tribute in Potocari will remain remembered because of the extreme heat that made the emergency crews’ hands full. Apart from waving some war flags, no incidents were reported.
Author: Marinko Sekulic Kokeza
Editor: Mehmet Smajić