Waiting for a Funeral in Srebrenica

The tenth anniversary of the fall of Srebrenica


| By Nick Hayes, Utne.com


"We should pity God who sees us the way we are."
-- Highway sign in Vlaslenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- It is now nearly ten years since the night of July 7, 1995, when Hatidja Mehmedovic said goodbye to her husband and two high-school-age sons as they fled into the forests overlooking Srebrenica and became three of the 8,106 persons missing in the town's massacre. "What other mother can say this," she asks me, "that what she wants for her two sons are not wives for them or even grandchildren for me but coffins. Yes, what I want are coffins to bury my two sons."