520 Newly IDed Srebrenica Victims to Be Buried

Victims will be memorialized in funeral at genocide site
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2012 11:29 AM CDT
A Bosnian muslim woman prays over a relative's casket during a mass burial ceremony at the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Cemetery in Potocari on July 11, 2012. T   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Seventeen years after the massacre at Srebrenica, 520 newly identified victims will be buried there, the AP reports. Serb forces killed 8,000 men and boys during the 1995 genocide, and new victims are still being found in mass graves throughout Bosnia. More than 5,000 victims of the massacre have been found in that fashion, identified through DNA analysis, and they are laid to rest at the Srebrenica memorial each year.

Tens of thousands of Bosnians are gathering for the funeral today, and ambulances are on standby for those who are overcome with emotion. Says one woman, who found her husband's and brother's remains among the 520 new coffins, "I want to lay down next to them and stay here forever." President Obama also memorialized the victims today, calling the massacre one of "the darkest acts of the 20th century." (Read more Srebrenica stories.)

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