BONES TELL TALE OF SUFFERING BEFORE BOSNIAN GENOCIDE
|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)|
In Winter of 1992/93, five thousands (5,000) Bosniak women, children and elderly died of starvation in the besieged Bosnian Muslim enclaves, including Srebrenica. Their suffering is part of Serb terror inflicted on the Bosniak refugees between April 1992 and July 1995 in pursuit of ethnically pure Greater Serbia. For example, see Daniel Toljaga's War Hospital, Starvation in Pre-Genocide Srebrenica, Desperation and Resistance in Pre-Genocide Srebrenica, and Scenes of Hell in Pre-Genocide Srebrenica.
On Sept 20, distinguished Live Science editor, Stephanie Pappas, published an article focusing on the suffering of Bosniak people long before the 1995 Srebrenica genocide. She discussed latest research findings conducted by Ann Ross, an anthropologist at North Carolina State University.
The victims of the mid-1990s genocide in Bosnia were allowed to suffer long before Bosnian Serb forces began their massacres, according to a new study of bones from mass graves in the region.
The bones of the victims are scarred with telltale signs of chronic disease and birth defects, suggesting that this population of Bosnian Muslims endured a lack of health care long before the Bosnian conflict turned violent.
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"They had been marginalized for a long time," study researcher Ann Ross, an anthropologist at North Carolina State University, told LiveScience. "They had very poor health care. For example, there were a couple of individuals that had significant ear infections that had produced even the breakdown of bone. … Obviously, that was telling me they didn't even have access to antibiotics that could have dealt with that issue."
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Extra: United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., features a short clip of the 1993 Srebrenica Children Massacre: