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Memories of Srebrenica are being reawakened in Syria

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“After Srebrenica, you said never again…Shame on you World!” These were the words written on the posters of demonstrators who gathered in Sarajevo in 2016 to condemn the Assad regime’s siege of Syria’s Aleppo.

This month marks the anniversary of the UN’s failure to protect its so-called “safe zone” in Srebrenica, Bosnia, which led to the slaughter of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys. Twenty-five years on, it appears that no lessons have been learnt. In Syria, the UN estimates that 400,000 people have been killed since 2011.

Undoubtedly, the Srebrenica genocide remains a black stain on the history of peacekeeping operations across the world. Prior, some 20,000 refugees had fled to Srebrenica from the capital Sarajevo under the protection of a Dutch contingent of UN peacekeepers. However, Bosnian Serb forces led by Ratko Mladic besieged the town.

READ: Srebrenica 25 years on, and reconciliation seems impossible

One survivor at the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial-Potocari told me: “We were protected by the UN, in Srebrenica and Zepa, where the safe zones were created. In these two places, there were around 60,000 people.”

We had no arms to confront the enemy and that’s why we trusted the UN to protect us, guarantee our survival, our belongings and the town. But, we suffered genocide under the banner of the UN and then they say they are not........

© Middle East Monitor