Funeral for genocide victims

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6 July 2005, SREBRENICA, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA – On Monday, 610 victims of the July 1995 genocide in Srebrenica will be reburied. Of the 8,000 missing or murdered city residents, 1,937 have been identified using DNA research.

6 July 2005

SREBRENICA, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA – On Monday, 610 victims of the July 1995 genocide in Srebrenica will be reburied. Of the 8,000 missing or murdered city residents, 1,937 have been identified using DNA research.

The 610 Muslims will be buried in separate graves, Dion van den Berg of the Interkerkelijk Vredesberaad (IKV) said on Wednesday. Van den Berg says 25,000 people are expected to attend the ceremony. Minister Bot of Foreign Affairs will be among the representatives of the Dutch state.

The bodies have been removed from mass graves in Potocari in Srebrenica, where Dutchbat troops were stationed. Identification was troublesome. The last funeral was
one year ago.

Van den Berg, who attended previous funerals, recalled the bizarre sight of the many hundreds of coffins, each being lowered into its own grave. There was great emotion among the gathered relatives.

“It is very painful not to know where your loved one is, but just as painful to know for certain that hope is gone,” he said. “Identification at least clears the way for the next phase.”

International experts are still busy searching for and identifying the remaining 6,000 Muslims who were massacred in 1995.

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Subject: Dutch news

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