To commemorate the persecution and killing of 3,176 Prijedor residents and the surrounding area, in the extraordinary circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, BH UK Network invited citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the United Kingdom and other countries to send their photos in white. ribbon on the upper arm.
This year, 102 photos were collected, figures which symbolically mark 102 children killed in Prijedor. Photos from BH UK Network come from the US, Canada, England, Scotland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Australia, Denmark, Germany and Slovenia.
After forcibly taking over the city government, the Bosnian Serb government issued a local radio edict ordering all non-Serbs to mark their homes with white flags or sheets and wear white armbands when leaving home. This was the beginning of the campaign to eradicate the non-Serb population in Prijedor, which resulted in the ethnic cleansing of 94% of the Bosnian and Bosnian Muslim population of Prijedor city residents, Remember Srebrenica write.
From the forced classification, violence and terror increased at Prijedor and led to executions, mass rapes and the creation of concentration camps from which journalists Ed Vulliamy and Penny Marshall shocked the world with their reports of images of thin prisoners of war behind barbed wire.
In Prijedor, 3,173 people were killed during the war. Nearly 31,000 people were detained in prison camps, and 53,000 were forced to flee. In 2013, the International Commission for Missing Persons (ICMP) discovered one of the largest mass graves in the town of Prijedor in the Tomasica mine where more than 600 bodies have been laid in the ground for 20 years.
To this day, local authorities in Prijedor have refused to allow the construction of a memorial for innocent civilian victims killed in the famous concentration camp in Omarska or a memorial for children killed in war.
Last year, hundreds of people gathered for the funeral of 86 Muslim victims of the massacre carried out at Prijedor by Bosnian Serb forces at the beginning of the 1990s Bosnian war.
The remains of the victims, mostly men and many teenagers, were discovered in 2017 in a mass grave in Koricanske Stijene, a mountainous region in central Bosnia.
The remains were found at the base of the cliff, in a natural hole, and covered by a large number of stones.
The victims were part of a group of more than 200 civilians, mainly Bosnian Muslims, but also some Croatian Catholics, who were previously detained in a detention camp in Trnopolje, in the Prijedor region.
On August 21, 1992, they were loaded onto a bus, officially for a prisoner exchange.
The remaining 80 camp prisoners killed have not been found to this day, reminds Jasmin Mešković, President of the Camp Detainees Association in BiH. He said that the truth about the remains of those killed at Korićanske stijene had to be revealed, so that the family could find their peace.
After the bodies of the camp prisoners fell into the pit, members of the hospital police intervention team continued to shoot them and throw bombs, so that no one would survive. Twelve people survived the massacre and their testimony contributed to the condemnation of several responsible. They helped record the truth about this crime.
Still looking for 80 percent of the remnants, because the bodies of camp prisoners who were killed were transported and buried elsewhere, which was witnessed by the recording of the Service for Public Safety of Prijedor from 4 September 1992. However, those responsible for this crime and those who participated in the transport of corpses (members of the hospital police and civil protection from Skak Vakuf) are still silent about the location of the body.
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