Many of the bodies were dumped in mass graves, making identification extremely difficult and adding to the pain of the families left behind.
The Mothers of Srebrenica still fight for justice for their murdered sons and husbands, as well as for the survivors who are still suffering.
It took many years for the political and military leaders responsible for the genocide to be brought to trial.
The tragedy of Srebrenica will forever haunt the history of the United Nations.
In order to create a future free from genocide we need to remember the past, remember the victims and learn from what has happened.
Genocide doesn’t start with guns or gas chambers, it starts with words. So what can we do to prevent it?
We can challenge hate speech as soon as we hear it. We can use words to spread tolerance, understanding and peace rather than fear, hatred and violence.
Genocide is a process, one which we now understand, and the best place to stop it is at the beginning.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
A genocide begins with the killing of one man - not for what he has done but because of who he is. A campaign of ethnic cleansing begins with one neighbour turning on another … What begins with the failure to uphold the dignity of one's life, all too often ends with a calamity for entire nations.