1993 SREBRENICA CHILDREN MASSACRE
PHOTO: Bosnian Muslim child wounded in the Srebrenica Children Massacre (1993). The U.N. transcripts confirms "there was about 60, 62 people killed on that day and there was over 100 wounded on that day."
Srebrenica Children Massacre
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The Srebrenica Children Massacre refers to the bombing of the elementary school of Srebrenica by the Army of Republika Srpska in April 1993.On 13 April 1993, the Bosnian Serbs told the UNHCR representatives that they would attack the town of Srebrenica within two days unless the Bosniaks surrendered and they did.The same day, Serbs attacked Srebrenica's elementary school, killing 62 Bosniak children and wounding 152 others.
A U.N. transcripts also confirm "there was about 60, 62 people killed on that day and there was over 100 wounded on that day."
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum features a testimony by Christiane Amanpour with regards to the massacre of children in Srebrenica on 13 April 1993. This massacre occurred more than two years before the Srebrenica genocide.
 Testimony of Dr. Mujkanovic in Naser Oric case (ICTY):
2 Q. Now, first, just a couple of questions about the last subject you
3 were asked about, which was the evacuation of the wounded in April 1993.
4 Isn't it right that the Serbs actually shelled the evacuation of the
6 A. It is.
7 Q. Was anyone killed?
8 A. Yes.
9 Q. And is it right that among the people being evacuated were a
10 number of people, including children, who had been on the 12th of April,
12 A. Yes.
13 Q. There was a terrible shelling that day, wasn't there?
14 A. Yes.
15 Q. Could you tell us a little about that?
16 A. Yes. It was in early April 1993 when there was an overall attack
17 on Srebrenica. Prior to that, Cerska and Konjevic Polje had fallen, so
18 the entire population from those areas was transferred to the town of
19 Srebrenica, which meant that some 15.000 or more people had arrived and
20 they were accommodated in the primary and secondary schools in Srebrenica.
21 Some of them were accommodated on the streets before some more adequate
22 accommodation could be found for them.
23 On that day, in front of the school, it was a sunny day, people
24 were sitting outside. There were a lot of refugees there. Six or seven
25 shells were fired from a multiple rocket-launcher to that place, to the
1 school. This resulted in a huge massacre, and over 100 people were killed
2 on that occasion, and approximately the same number were seriously
4 It was about half past two in the afternoon. There were UNPROFOR
5 members there as well. They helped us to move the injured people in their
6 APCs and transport them to the hospital, which was about 400 or 500 metres
7 away. Among the injured people there were lots of women and lots of
8 children. There were also men. The situation was terrible.
9 I know that at 3.00, I started my first operation, and I ended my
10 last one 36 hours later. All this time I was in the operating theatre. I
11 remember a young boy who had lost his eyes through shrapnel fire. I
12 believe that his name was either Bekric or Bektic Sead. This young boy,
13 later on, was transported to Tuzla, and from there he was adopted. And I
14 believe that he currently resides in the United States of America.
15 The situation was horrible, and it's very difficult for me to go
16 back in time at this moment.
 Testimony of Sead Bekric in Naser Oric case (ICTY):
21 A. There was a soccer field in Srebrenica on April 12th 1993 and
22 there was a massive amount of people and we had a match and there was a
23 shelling from Zvijezda, from the hill above Bratunac and the soccer field
24 was shelled and I was blinded, together with 62 other people killed on
25 the soccer field.
1 Q. Thank you. Now, after you were blinded in that mortar attack,
2 were you evacuated to Tuzla and then to the United States?
3 A. Yes, I was. I was taken from the soccer field to Srebrenica
4 hospital and then from Srebrenica hospital on to Tuzla and then from
5 Tuzla I was transported to United States.
11 A. My understanding there was about 60, 62 people killed on that day
12 and there was over 100 wounded on that day. The UN peacekeepers weren't
13 in there at that time.
14 Q. Did you ever hear if there was ever any investigation into the
15 massacre on the soccer field?
16 A. There was never an investigation that I know. There was no
17 plaque that marks anything that the massacre happened on that field.
18 There is no sign of anything to say this is what happened at the soccer
19 field. Nobody -- just forgot it like it never happened.
Excerpt: "On Sunday, April 11 , the 12-year-old Muslim boy was playing soccer in the embattled Bosnian city of Srebrenica when a Serbian artillery shell exploded on the field, killing several of his friends. As Sead ran over to help, shrapnel from a second shell tore into his face, shattering his nose and left eye socket and severely injuring his right eye. He was left blind."
Excerpt: "Shrapnel entered left side of my face and exited on right hand side, crushing my skull in 43 pieces."
Our coverage of the 1993 Srebrenica Children Massacre:
- Massacre of 62 Bosnian Muslim Children in Srebrenica, 152 Wounded (full text)
- Faceless Bosnian Muslim Child Victim of the 1993 Srebrenica Children Massacre (full text)
- Slaughter of Bosnian Muslim Children Around Srebrenica (full text)
- Anniversary: Srebrenica Children Massacre 3 Years Before the Genocide (full text)
- In Memoriam: Dr. Nedret Mujkanovic (full text)