World Bulletin / News Desk
Thousands in the annual "death march" in Bosnia on Wednesday completed treading in reverse the steps of 3,500 people who escaped Srebrenica, where the invading Serbian troops killed eight thousand Muslim men in the 1995 civil war.
The journey from the city of Tuzla in the north-eastern region to the eastern town of Srebrenica saw the marchers, including massacre survivors and many from Turkey, walk a distance of about 112 km for three days, reaching the Srebrenica-Potočari Memorial and Cemetery.
On Thursday, 409 more victims of the massacre will be buried at the Potočari cemetery after proper identification procedures have been completed. The exact number of deaths is believed to be much higher.
The massacre, recognized by two international courts as an act of genocide, took place on July 11, 1995 when the Serbian troops under the leadership of Ratko Mladic invaded Srebrenica and killed eight thousand men above the age of 14 in the city.
Mladic was extradited to The Hague in 2011 on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide. His trial formally began on May, 2012.
Also on Wednesday, coffins of the 409 Srebrenican victims were brought to the Potočari cemetery where 6,065 now rest. The remainder await exhumation from mass graves and DNA identification. Before being buried, the body parts of victims must be put back to at least 70 percent.