Victims of war camp in Bosnia remembered

The camp kept Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats, some of whom were killed, mistreated, raped and tortured.

Victims of war camp in Bosnia remembered

World Bulletin/News Desk

Hundreds of former prisoners and family members of victims gathered on Tuesday at the site of the former concentration camp Omarska in north-eastern Bosnia to commemorate the 21st year of the closure of one of the notorious camps in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

In memory of the suffering in the Omarska camp, they released a few hundreds white balloons with the names of those have been killed and whose remains were later found and identified near the camp.

In Omarska concentration camp, more than 3,000 inmates had been kept and about 700 prisoners from the camp succumbed to wounds during the brutal torture from the period between May to November 1992.

In early August 1992, the famous US and British journalists Roy Gutman, Penny Marshall, Ed Vulliamy and Ian Williams discovered the Prijedor camps.

Fikret Alic, known as "detainee behind the wires", is a former inmate whose photographs have travelled the world in the summer of 1992 and were published on TIMES frontpage. He survived after being held at the notorious Keraterm and Trnopolje, two concentration camps in northeastern Bosnia.

Although unwillingly recalling his experiences, Alic told Anadolu Agency, "We were not detained by our people, we were detained by the Serbian army, the Yugoslavian National Army. Here was the genocide! Here were killed a one year old baby and a man of 100 years. Here the history and humanity were killed. I do not like to remember those experiences."

Alic added that in those camps, in one night, Serbs abused and raped young girls and women and killed up to 200 innocent people.

From camp prisoners in the Prijedor area in northeast Bosnia during the Bosnian war, so far 2,082 victims have been found and identified, and nearly 1,200 victims are still being sought.

Citizens spent the night in the authentic site of the former camp and evoked memories of the past events at the place where the prisoners stayed.

Stasa Zajovic, President of NGO ''Women in Black'' from Belgrade, said that their presence at Trnopolje was a moral duty and civil responsibility with regard to the country they came from.

“We know that Serbia is responsible what was committed against Bosnia and Herzegovina,” said Zajovic.

The world learned the existence of the camp Trnopolje on August 5th in 1992 after ITN reporters discovered it.

The Trnopolje camp was a prisoners camp established by the Bosnian Serb military at Trnopolje, a village near Prijedor during the Bosnian war. The camp kept Bosniak and Bosnian Croats, some of whom were killed, mistreated, raped and tortured.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Ağustos 2013, 17:45