first time since their loved ones were murdered ten years
ago, Bosnian refugees returned to the town of Bratunac to
"mourn at the sites where their men were rounded up and
killed, and where their bodies were later dumped," AP reported.
About 100 women arrived by bus from refugee camps in
Sarajevo and Tuzla Saturday to mark the anniversary of the
massacre, visiting a soccer stadium and an elementary school
where hundreds of unarmed civilians were rounded up and
"Tears poured down the cheeks of the women and a few sobs
could be heard. One woman dropped to her knees, overwhelmed
by her emotions. Friends rushed to her and offered a shoulder to
cry on," the European edition of Stars & Stripes reported.
" 'We are standing here 10 years later and it seems to us
like it happened yesterday,' Sevala Halilovic, one of the
mourners, said before she laid flowers in front of the door
of the gymnasium where the Muslim men had been rounded up."
"Local Serbs have long denied that the massacres ever took
place," AP notes in a story posted at
"But as the war grows more distant, some have begun to admit
that atrocities were committed here."
The Bosnians were arrested and executed although there had
been no fighting in the town.
On May 11, 1992, "men with megaphones ordered the Muslims
to move out of the stadium through its main gate," wrote
Chuck Sudetic in his book Blood and Vengeance: One Family's
Story of the War in Bosnia
"Outside, the Muslim men were separated from their wives and
children. The air became a din of voices calling out names. . . .
"Men who tried to linger with their families were beaten with
clubs and metal bars. The women and children were packed
aboard buses and trucks and driven over the mountains . . .
"The Serbs ordered the 750 Muslim men left behind in
Bratunac to line up in rows of four and march down the main
street. ... The Muslims were marched to the yard of the
primary school and told to kneel. Some of the men were
beaten with wooden bats and electrical cables.
"Then they were lined up, two-by-two, and marched into the
gymnasium. ... In a garage behind the school, [one prisoner]
saw stacks of corpses of Muslim men who had been abducted in
Bratunac. Within three days, there would be 350 more.
"The dead were eventually loaded aboard trucks and dumped
into the Drina."