National Geographic : 2017 Feb
life after loss 93 of all the missing; the monthly street protests to insist that each man’s remains be found, the killers prosecuted, and the word “genocide” attached forever to the Srebrenica killings— have been the work of the women. “I have to say they’re all heroes,” Amra Begić, an official at the Srebrenica-Potočari memorial center, told me the day before the 20th-anniversary funeral. “ We didn’t know what strong women our mothers are.” Begić’s father and grandfather were among the victims; two headstones mark their graves. There were 6,241 finished graves before this latest deliv- ery of the dead. The new green coffins now lined up inside the memorial center—in Islam green is a sacred color—numbered 136. The remains of Ekrem Uzunović lay in coffin 59, and on the cloudless warm morning of the funeral Mirsada Uzunović found the headstone with his name, the freshly dug grave. The relatives with her had brought folding chairs, and for a while she sat on BOSNIA A small building in Tuzla houses the Women of Srebrenica group, which continues to demand an accounting of the men slaughtered by Bosnian Serb forces during one week of the Bosnian war. Founder Hajra Ćatić, whose husband and son were killed in the 1995 massacre, sinks back in exhaustion during preparations for the anniversary commemoration. Behind her: faces of the dead and those still missing.