Gravediggers and morgue workers are working overtime this week to prepare a funeral for hundreds of victims of the Srebrenica massacre whose remains were found in mass graves and identified through DNA analysis.
The funeral next Monday, at which 613 identified bodies will be laid to rest, will be part of commemorations on the 16th anniversary of Europe’s worst massacre since World War II.
The victims were among over 8,000 Muslim men and boys from the eastern enclave of Srebrenica who were systematically executed after Serb forces overran the town on July 11, 1995 in the climax to the 1992-95 Bosnian war that claimed 100,000 lives. An international court later labeled the killings a genocide.
The bodies of the victims were plowed into hastily made mass graves from which they have been exhumed over the years and identified through DNA analysis.