SREBRENICA CHILDREN MASSACRE (1993) SURVIVOR REFLECTS ON THE CAPTURE OF RATKO MLADIC
Sead Bekric -- a child survivor of the 1993 Srebrenica Children Massacre (which occurred 2 years before the Srebrenica Genocide) -- says Serb army commanded by Ratko Mladic gang-raped his sister during the genocide and killed his father.
More than two years before the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, Serb General Ratko Mladic slaughtered Bosniak children in Srebrenica's elementary school. Blinded survivor of that carnage, Sead Brkic, reflected on the 1993 Srebrenica Children Massacre in today's interview to the Associated Press.
|In this April 15, 1993 file photo, a nurse tends to 12-year-old Sead Bekric in a hospital in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina, after Serb attack on the elementary school in the besieged Srebrenica blinded him and killed (Photo/Karsten Thielker)|
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. The same day, Serbs attacked Srebrenica's elementary school, killing 62 Bosniak children and youth and wounding 152 others.
In his interview to the AP today, Bekric said:
"Years have passed by. We have lost our loved ones and they will never return to us," said Bekric, whose father was killed during the war and whose sister was gang-raped. "When you go through the horror that we went through and losing our loved ones through horrible crimes, you'll never have closure."
He said that his is left eye was "blown out of my head."
An American woman, Claire Halasz, worked with a group called AmeriCares to bring him to her home in California.
"I was 14 years old, but mentally, I was a 20-year-old," he said. "I had learned to run from gunfire, I learned to survive. And when I came here, all those things were in me."
Here is a photo of Sead Bekric today:
|Sead Bekric -- survivor of the 1993 Srebrenica Children Massacre -- holds a copy of the Newsweek Magazine, cover featuring him as a boy in the hospital, at his home in Palm Harbor, Fla., Wednesday, June 1, 2011. (Photo/Tamara Lush)|
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