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Bosnia's quest for justice

In the space of six days in July 1995, almost 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were systematically massacred by Serb forces in and around the town of Srebrenica. Infamously, Dutch peacekeeping troops and the wider international community failed to protect the 40,000 Muslims who had gathered in the town, which had been declared a 'safe area' by the UN Security Council.

Fifteen years on, tens of thousands of lives remain defined by the events of those few days. The massive endeavour to locate, exhume, identify and return the remains of the dead to their relatives will go on for many years. The area is now part of the Republika Srpska, which is administered by Bosnian Serbs, but some of the Muslim survivors have begun to return to their old homes. Andrew Testa met and photographed several of these people, as well as some of those who remain displaced. In March 2010, Serbia's parliament passed a landmark resolution apologising for the massacre. "The parliament of Serbia strongly condemns the crime committed against the Bosnian Muslim population of Srebrenica in July 1995," said the text.
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