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Photojournalist Dijana Muminovic, documenting the crime of genocide

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Published: November 19, 2010  

About 30,000 people disappeared from 1992-1995 in Bosnia. Years later their bodies were found in mass graves, piled on top of each other. More than 400 mass graves were found. During the war mothers used to hope their sons and husbands would return alive. Today they dig the ground, hoping to find pieces of their bones to properly identify them. Thousands of bodies have yet to be found.
- Dijana Muminovic, Searching for Closure

In 1992, Serb forces killed thousands of Bosniak civilians around Srebrenica, particularly in communes of Višegrad and Bratunac. They dumped their corpses into the Drina River. Then in July of 1995, Serb forces committed genocide in Srebrenica. Truckloads of unarmed Bosniak men and boys as young as 12 were slaughtered and dumped into the Drina River.

Their bodies ended up in Perućac, an artificial lake partly in the municipalities of Srebrenica and Višegrad in Bosnia and Herzegovina and partly in the municipality of Bajina Bašta, Serbia.

In July and August 2010, when the level of the reservoir waters behind the Bajina Bašta hydroelectric dam was lowered while maintenance and repair work was being done on the dam, the remains of approximately 250 civilians who perished in the  Višegrad massacres in 1992 and the Srebrenica genocide in 1995,  were discovered.

Photojournalist Dijana Muminović visited Perućac to documented a terrible crime  hidden beneath the lake for a long time. Please visit her web site:


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