Feb 2020 Guardian article on refugees in Bosnia

The report below is an example of the regular pieces which help to keep in place the established version of what happened in former Yugoslavia during the 1990s.

As ever, the old statistics are repeated unquestioningly (100,000 killed in the Bosnian war, more than 8,000 murdered at Srebrenica), though there is no hard evidence to support them.  The International Commission for Missing Persons, the US-run, Bosnian-Muslim staffed agency that collected all the forensic and DNA evidence used by the ICTY,  has never made any of its evidence available to the Court or anyone else.  It never will: a law passed in Bosnia in 1998 ensures that it can never be forced to hand over anything. The ICMP’s ‘evidence’ was unsupported and should never have been admitted by the ICTY; nor should it be used now to underpin a further narrative.

This Guardian report is concerned with the experiences of those who claim to have been left in temporary accommodation for 20 years despite promises that they would only be there for a short time.  Since there were no population records for Srebrenica at the time it was taken over by the Bosnian Serbs, there is no way to be certain that all (or any) of those living in temporary refugee accommodation now were in fact living in the Srebrenica safe area in July 1995.



The Guardian 17 February 2020

‘They’ve abandoned us’: Srebrenica survivors still living in camps

Families feel forgotten in what were meant to be temporary homes and many struggle for work

by  in Mihatovići and Banovići

Main image: A view of Jezevac refugee camp near the Bosnian city of Tuzla. Photograph: Alessio Mamo/Guardian

When Mujo Hrustanovic was transferred in 1997 to the Jezevac refugee camp in Bosnia, he thought he would stay for just a few months. That was what the government had told him. But more than two decades on, he is still there.

The 75-year-old shares a 30 sq metre apartment with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and their two children in one of the 50 white homes in in the camp built by international organisations near the city of Tuzla. Such apartments, intended as a temporary solution, have instead become a permanent home for hundreds of survivors of the genocide in Srebrenica, Europe’s worst atrocity since the second world war.

“They’ve abandoned us,” said Hrustanovic’s son Avdo, 25, who was only a few months old when his parents were forced to leave Srebrenica. “These people have shared with the international community all of their pain, and what have they received in return? A dilapidated home, forgotten by everyone and everything.”

Muja, 75, a resident of Jezevac refugee camp, photographed in front of his apartment. Together with his family was transferred to the Jezevac refugee camp in 1997.
 Muja, 75, a resident of Jezevac refugee camp, photographed in front of his apartment. Together with his family was transferred to the Jezevac refugee camp in 1997. Photograph: Alessio Mamo/Guardian

On 11 July 1995, forces under the command of the Bosnian-Serb general Ratko Mladić entered Srebrenica, a predominantly Muslim city in eastern Bosnia. They rounded up all men of military age and murdered them. It is estimated that more than 8,100 people were killed in Srebrenica. Hrustanovic’s brothers were among them.