DID YOU KNOW?  -- Three years before the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide, Serbs torched Bosniak villages and killed at least 3,166 Bosniaks around Srebrenica. In 1993, the UN described the besieged situation in Srebrenica as a "slow-motion process of genocide." In July 1995, Serbs forcibly expelled 25,000 Bosniaks, brutally raped many women and girls, and systematically killed 8,000+ men and boys (DNA confirmed).

03 July, 2011


Melisa Hodzic from Istanbul has the story:

"The original idea for The Pillar of Shame Project came from the Mothers of Srebrenica group and will take the form of the letters of the UN. A memorial, not to honor the UN but to honor the Bosnians who suffered in the war, will act as a metaphor for the 'immense betrayal”' of the UN, which failed to intervene and prevent the Srebrenica genocide... A nongovernmental organization in Turkey called Genç Boşnaklar Derneği will help spread the word further about the project... Some of the shoes that were worn by those who were murdered during the Bosnian war will be displayed on July 9-10 in Taksim Square, İstanbul."

"When a young student, Kadir Bektic, was asked what his motive was behind his involvement in the project, he responded, saying, 'The fact that I was born in Srebrenica and lost my loved ones is enough of a motive for me to be part of this project.'"

Read full article in Today's Zaman (English-language Turkish daily: