Continuing Nedžad Advič’s story. Here is the spot at the Petkovci Dam, in eastern Bosnia, where where Nedžad was shot, along with 1500-2000 other Bosnian Muslims. Only two survived. This 2-3 days of ethnic cleansing in the Srebrenica area was the worst case of genocide in Europe since the Holocaust. Around 8,000 bodies have been discovered in a variety of mass graves and have been mostly identified, including Nedžad’s father and two of his uncles. Around 6,000 men and boys are still missing. Numerous people have been tried by the ICPY in the Hague and Bosnia, but most of the shooters have not been arrested or tried, nor will they be. Most Serbs, including the Mayor of Srebrenica, deny that genocide took place. The whole situation feels unstable and unresolved. One thing is certain: 17-year-old Nedžad Advič stood on this spot in July of 1995, shoeless and with his hands tied behind his back, and was shot 3 times in the back by fellow Bosnians. #ethniccleansing#bosnia#genocide#bosniangenocide#srebrenica#srebrenicagenocide#hasselblad#hasselbadx1d
I have been telling Nedžad Advić’s story. At 15, he fled his village with his parents, uncle, 3 younger sisters, and friends to the UN “safe zone” in Srebrenica, where they endured two years of hardships and hunger. By July of 1995, it became apparent that the feckless UN contingent of Dutch troops would or could no longer protect them, plus they began to suspect that the Muslim men would be targeted for slaughter. Several thousand of the men , including Nedžad, decided to risk what came to be known and the “Death March,” to Tuzla 70 miles away across the mine-strewn mountains surrounding Srebrenica. Almost immediately the column came under shelling and Serb paramilitary attacks. Nedžad was separated from his father and and eventually captured. He was driven by truck to this school in Petkovci, which was a holding station for the Bosniak prisoners. Nedžad was held in the classroom at the top left of this building. After a few hours, he was pulled out of the school, told to remove his shoes and socks, hands tied, and taken to the Dam for execution. Our visit to this school was under the baleful watch of a Serb neighbor who was not happy about us being there, though Nedžad seemed totally oblivious or indifferent to the glare. #ethniccleansing#bosnia#genocide#bosniangenocide#srebrenica#srebrenicagenocide#hasselblad#hasselbadx1d
This is my friend Nadžad Advić, a “survivor” of Bosnian ethic cleansing. In July of 1995, at 17, he was taken to this exact spot, next to the Petkovci Dam, along with perhaps 1500 other Muslim men and boys, where he was shot twice. He pretended to be dead, but was shot a third time. Nadžad waited for the Serb executioners to leave for another truckload of victims, then noticed there was another person alive nearby; they untied each others’ hands and crawled first into the canal (upper right-hand corner of the photograph), then nearby woods. The only two survivors from this genocide location, they stumbled and crawled for four days across this part of Bosnia before finding a Bosniac village where he was hidden and received medical help. I spent a day with Nadžad as he showed me several important genocide locations, all in the Serbian parts of Bosnia so unmarked. #ethniccleansing#bosnia#bosniangenocide#srebrenica#srebrenicagenocide#hasselblad#hasselbadx1d
Cultural Center, Pilica, Bosnia. Here at least 500 Bosnian civilians were executed in mass by gunfire and grenades by Bosnian Serbs. Bodies were buried in a mass grave, then dug up and reburied to conceal the genocide. This space--including thousands of bullet and shrapnel holes--is unchanged since the massacre and the ICTY forensics investigation. Cultural Center; a community cultural center.
There is no memorial or sign marking the site or nearby, but there is a large Memorial to Serbian Fallen concealing the building.
The agriculture shed in Kravica, Bosnia, where Serbs executed 1000-1500 Bosniak men and boys—mostly civilians—on July 13, 1995, as determined by International Criminal Tribunal (ICTY) forensics and 3 survivor eyewitness accounts.. This was part of the widespread ethnic cleansing that took place in Bosnia in this period. (A practice, by the way, not confined to one side.) Serbs continue to deny that anything happened or that the building has ever been anything but a warehouse for agriculture implements and supplies. My driver would slow down and let me slide open the door to get my shot, but didn’t allow me to get out of the vehicle or get any closer. The site is “sensitive” I was told and the local Serbs are grouchy about visitors, including occasional visits from mothers and wives of victims with flower memorials. #bosniangenocide#genocide#war#bosnia#kravica#srebrenicagenocide#srebrenica#hasselblad#hasselbladx1d
"Roses of Sarajevo.” The Siege of Sarajevo lasted 3 years, 10 months, and 24 days--longer than the Siege of Leningrad--from 1992 to 1995 In that 1425 days, an average of 300 mortar shells a day fell on the city each day. . Between the constant sniper fire, shelling, and starvation, over 11,541 people died (officially; unofficially many more) including hundreds of children. After the Siege was lifted in 1995, the “Sarajevo Roses” began to appear in spots where multiple deaths occurred from mortar explosions. Someone or group (still unknown) filled these distinct scars with red resin. About a dozen remain around the city and are now protected. #sarajevo#bosnia#siegeofsarajevo#war#cityscape#urbanscar#war#hasselblad#hasselbladx1d#bosnianwar