EID MUBARAK - DON'T FORGET: REMEMBER AND WARN
PHOTO: A Bosnian Muslim man says his prayers, at a cemetery in the Bosnian town of Tojsici, marking the first day of Eid al-Adha, Friday, Nov. 27, 2009.
DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Start sacrificing your time and energy to defend human rights. Don't be quiet any longer. Stand up against the Srebrenica genocide denial. Get active in publicly responding to the growing assault on truth and memory. "No" is not an option.
Not less than one million Bosnian Muslims had been displaced during the Bosnian war. Many of them had been ethnically cleansed and will never return to their homes. Many of our people had been tortured in the concentration camps, many had suffered in the besieged towns, many had been wounded, many had been killed. Furthermore, our suffering has constantly been relativized by the Hague Tribunal. For example, there was a lack of will to prosecute crimes of rape against our women and girls. In Milan and Sredoje Lukic case, the judges did not allow prosecution to include rape charges in the indictment due to technical reasons. To complicate things even more, we have a case of 25,000 documented rape victims, tens of thousands of wounded Bosniak civilians, and possibly thousands of other unfortunate victims who have not been included in the figure of approximately 100,000 war victims.
Every time you enjoy your life in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver, London, Zurich and other western cities - I hope you remember that you came there as a result of the ethnic cleansing. Most importantly, I hope you remember that mortal remains of our victims are still rotting in mass graves and killing fields of Eastern Bosnia. How can you afford to forget this?
Please light a candle in remembrance and honor of the Srebrenica genocide victims this holiday. Remember Srebrenica and, remember the suffering our people had to endure from 1992-1995 in the Srebrenica enclave, as well as in other cities under the siege. Don't forget. Instead, speak loudly, make yourself heard. Get active in defending the truth and memory of Srebrenica. Speak for those who can't speak for themselves. Remember and Warn.
PHOTO: Bosnian Muslim children attend early morning prayers among several hundreds of Bosniaks gathered on Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at Hazi-Husref Bey mosque in Sarajevo where the main religious service was held, honouring Eid Al Adha, one of biggest Muslim holidays.
PHOTO: A Bosnian Muslim man says his prayers near a tomb stone in front of the Atik Mosque in the Bosnian town of Tojsici, near eastern Bosnian town of Kalesija, 70 kms northeast of Sarajevo, marking the first day of Eid al-Adha, Friday, Nov. 27, 2009.