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SREBRENICA, PAIN THAT CAN NEVER BE CURED
Autor: Nia S. Amira
Objavljeno: 17. Jul 2019. 07:07:46


(Nia Amira, is an author, journalist and poet from Indonesia. She writes on cultural, international affairs, tourism and religious studies. Her articles have appeared in over thirty newspapers that are published in Europe, Asia and United States).

SREBRENICA
By: Nia S. Amira


I don’t know what is implied in the minds of the liars
Dozens of men with high-barreled shoes
Step on the ground, storm the village
Pick the husband, leave their children and wives

Their homes were forcibly demolished
Pushed the girls to the center of the veranda
Accomplished their lust…..
The sky was pitch black, the wind couldn’t even say hello

Srebrenica,
My tears can’t be stopped
Srebrenica,
Your girls are raped by those liars

Srebrenica,
Eleven July is our eternal memory
My heart seemed to stop
My life seemed to be released from the body


Depok, 5 September 2018


*Srebrenica poem is one of 25 poems I dedicate for the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina and it is written in Poetry Book with the title “From Indonesia With Love.”
The history of the State of Yugoslavia, which has been filled with various problems for a long time, has led to many factions in the government, both those which appeared openly and run in secret. Friends become opponents, even become enemies, neighbors suspect each other. The country that was once claimed to be the most beautiful country in Eastern of Europe broke apart. The three ethnic groups were clashing with each other, even Bosnian Serbs were trying to cleanse the Bosniaks who are the only ethnic Muslims in that heart-shaped country. Genocide seems to have been prepared systematically for Bosniaks and ethnic Croats who were side with Bosniaks.
The war broke out in Prijedor in 1992, some said it has started on April 30 when a new spring has just arrived, but some said it happened on July 20 during the summer, where many Bosniaks and Bosnian Croats were killed and the war that happened with ethnic early intrigue widened into an inter-religious issues throughout the country which has other name as the White Lily. Civilian casualties fell in thousands and according to data from the Research and Documentation Center in Sarajevo stated that 4,868 Prijedor residents were killed and of that number, there were 3,515 Bosnian Muslims who were either lost or killed and others were Bosnian Croats.
Prijedor is adjacent to Sanksi Most which is only 30 km or 31 minutes away by car, but the city with a population of 97,588 (2013 census) and is inhabited by mostly Bosniaks and Bosnian Croatian ethnic belongs to the Republic of Srpska dominated by Bosnian Serb majority with a population of 1,326,991 throughout the country. Prijedor, the 7th largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, became a mass grave in the 1992 bloody event.
Genocide or ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, especially against Bosnian Muslim or commonly referred to as Bosniaks, has been done cruelly and blindly. Bosniak men and boys were kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured, many died because they could not bear torture which was inhumane. Elders, women and children were detained. Girls were raped with the aim that after being raped, they would commit suicide because they did not want to bear the painful shame and also felt guilty because they would give birth to children who will be not as Muslim and were unwilling by the family. Common people did not understand anything about civil war that had occurred in various regions of the former Yugoslavia until finally Srebrenica, became the last area that had been planned to be a human puddle with the largest number of victims (read: mass grave) on July 11, 1995.
European Union condemned the Genocide events carried out by Bosnian Serbs and pro-ethnic Serb in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and finally leaders of the European Union agreed to a Dayton peace agreement in Switzerland held in 1995 to end the 1992-1995 Bosnian war and requested Red Cross International headquarter in Switzerland to free prisoners of war and took them to safe areas in the closest Western European countries from Bosnia because of the failure of Dutch troops who were ordered to maintain security in the conflict area at that time. The Bosniaks Diaspora is not only in Western Europe, but also far across the ocean to Australia and America.
What can be imagined by other nations who live far away in Asia? Only sad images of Bosnian Muslims who were brutally murdered and inhumane. A group of soldier walked in barreled shoes and their steps galloped into the villages which were their neighboring villages, kidnapping husbands on the grounds that they will be taken to headquarters to be trained as soldiers, leaving behind wives and children who mourn the departure of their fathers who were almost certain not to return.
Strangely, the big men who claimed to be government soldiers, forcibly damaged the homes of the people they were passing through, then when they entered the houses they raped girls and adult women, among them on the porch of the house. Satisfying their sexual desires without feeling guilty. Black clouds hung in the sky, even it felt like the wind that was reluctant to blow. Nature was sad, human dignity is torn apart one by one.

Hearing from one lips and other lips over the tragedy that took place in the former Yugoslavia, it was truly heartbreaking, especially what happened in Srebrenica region, about 133.4 km from the capital Sarajevo or 2 hours 32 minutes by car. No less than 8,000 people were brutally murdered, and even an older brother was forced to dig a hole of the size of a human body and after that he was ordered forcibly to shoot his own brother and father so that the body of his younger brother and father entered his grave.
Many people become depressed and mentally sick after the war has finished because of such cruel torture, which was carried out outside the borders of humanity. Many women and men who are now in their 50s become active smokers and experience insomnia because they experience extreme shock and for a lifetime they cannot escape from anti-depressant drugs.
Why does this beautiful country have to break apart and face civil war and took the lives of their own neighbors. Those who initially helped each other when gardening eventually became one of them having to shoot at people they used to greet and drink coffee together. Of course this event is very shocking and makes anyone be traumatized and after the war is over, psychiatric illness affects almost all citizens and excessive suspicion of someone against other becomes the most basic reality.
My tears always drip every time I imagine the events that happened in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In Srebrenica, men and boys were killed and beautiful young girls and women were brutally raped repeatedly by the liars. July 11 has become a very sad day and lasting memory for all the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially the Bosniaks. My heart seemed to stop beating, my soul felt as if it was detached from my body. July 11, 2019, precisely 24 years ago, the bloody event that rocked the world became the worst holocaust event in modern history.

SREBRENICA ... even though it is far from the grip, we are always there for you.



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