A ground-breaking exhibition, ‘Srebrenica Genocide – the Failure of the International Community,´ will open in the Bosnian city on the 9th of February.
Survivors of the genocide and family members of victims, as well as former Dutchbat soldiers, contributed to the exhibition. It was designed by the Dutch Memorial Centre Camp Westerbork, Dutch peacebuilding organization PAX, at the request of the Potocari Memorial Centre in Bosnia.
The exhibition is in the Potocari Memorial Centre in the former headquarters of the Dutch Battalion of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) (1994-1995), close to Srebrenica, Bosnia.
The history is well known: in 1993, the enclave of Srebrenica was designated by the UN as a ‘safe area’ for civilians. Canadian and later Dutch UN soldiers were given the task of providing for that safety. Despite the presence of the Dutch battalion, which came to be known as Dutchbat, on the 11th of July Srebrenica was overrun by the Bosnian-Serb army. More than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered.
The exhibition displays the events leading up to the Srebrenica genocide, the details of the genocide itself, and the aftermath. Particular attention is payed to the reaction of the international community. Pictures, videos, documents, infographics and personal memories are exhibited in a contemporary fashion. They clearly demonstrate the tragedy that unfolded. Visitors see all of these items displayed in the former Dutchbat headquarters, and learn how Dutch soldiers used various rooms at the time of the genocide.
The exhibition is part of a broader programme of remembrance. Other parts of this programme include: the reconstruction of one of the surveillance towers in the Dutchbat compound, an informative sign placed at a surveillance foxhole in the mountains (OP Foxtrot), several visits to the Netherlands by survivors and family members of victims of the genocide as well as staff of the Potocari Memorial Centre, and training for the guides at the centre. The Dutch embassy in Sarajevo provided funding. The programme was coordinated by peace organization PAX.
PAX stands for peace. PAX works together with committed citizens and partners in 15 countries to protect civilians against acts of war, to end armed violence, and to build a just peace.
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PAX: André van der Vlugt +31 (0) 6 4810 2882
Protection of Civilians, The Balkans