Michel Slomka : Srebrenica, 20 years later
Returning home after an interminable exile. Burying the dead to better speak to them. Rebuilding what was destroyed to provide a future for one’s children. Healing.
The Bosnian Serb army took over the town of Srebrenica in 1995. They drove out its inhabitants through terror, deported women and children, and massacred 8,000 men who were attempting to flee.
Since 2007, Bosnians from Srebrenica and the surrounding region have decided to return home.
Not all them will return. For many of them, refugees in their own country for fifteen years, the end of their ordeal still appears far off.
But the return movement underway is a sign of optimism. It is proof that a country and its people, however scarred, are not eternally condemned to bitterness and hatred. The healing process has begun, and it leads towards a shared, reconciled future.
This report was produced to mark the twentieth anniversary of Bosnia-Herzegovina independence. Michael Slomka, photographer, was born in 1986.
Michel Slomka - Srebrenica
May 3 - June 3, 2012
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