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Infinite Sadness

The Srebrenica genocide in July 1995 is the saddest and the darkest chapter for the Muslims in Europe. In Europe's worst atrocity since World War II, more than 8,000 Muslim Bosniaks, mainly men and boys, were killed in few days in and around the town of Srebrenica during the Bosnian War. Attempts were made to cover up the genocide with many mass graves. There was an organised effort to remove the bodies from primary mass gravesites and transport them to secondary and tertiary gravesites. But dead bodies do not lie. After the exhumation of the mass graves and identification of the remains by professional forensics, the victims get their identity back. For over 20 years a memorial day and burial every 11 July takes place for the identified victims. The last journey for the victims and the last farewell for the relatives and survivors of the horrible massacre...An infinite sadness...These are some sad moments of the last burial and memorial day in July 2017 in Potocari/Bosnia.

An old man waiting for the remains of his relative to arrive for burial.By Aişe Akova
A man is crying in front of the identified remains from his dearest.By Aişe Akova
A young women and her mother are looking deeply sad during the burial.By Aişe Akova
A young man praying for the dead victims.By Aişe Akova
Two Bosnian children laughing in front of an open grave.By Aişe Akova
An old man carrying the coffin of his relative.By Aişe Akova
A young preacher during the burial.By Aişe Akova
The teeth of a victim from a mass grave, used for the DNA identification.By Aişe Akova
Young girls give some consolation to his friend who is taking farewell.By Aişe Akova
A sign marking the mass grave place of the genocide.By Aişe Akova
On all grave stones of the genocide victims is written a verse from the Quran: "...martyr are not dead."By Aişe Akova

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