Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Centre - Commission for PAX, 2019
In July 1995, more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim civilians were murdered in Srebrenica and Potocari by Bosnian Serb forces under the command of General Ratko Mladić.
Many of the victims had come to Srebrenica because it was a UN-designated “safe area”, where, as refugees, they expected protection from the UN peacekeepers stationed there.
Since the end of the Bosnian conflict, survivors'’ associations have reclaimed the UN’s former base in Srebrenica. They have turned the site of one of the UN’s greatest failures into a place to honour the victims and to carry out the vital work of ensuring that such an atrocity never happens again.
Srebrenica survivors continue to seek truth, justice and compensation, and to lead efforts both to sustain a peaceful society and to build a more effective international community.
This series was commissioned by PAX, a Dutch peacebuilding organisation which has supported the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Centre since 1999. I worked for PAX from 2016 to 2019.