On July 11 2020 it will be exactly 25 years since the genocide in Srebrenica took place. More than 8.000 Bosnian Muslim men and underage boys were murdered. The Dutch UN Battalion Dutchbat was supposed to provide protection. As the Bosnian Serb forces came to take over the enclave, Dutchbat was vastly outnumbered and were far too lightly equipped to repel the more heavily armed Bosnian Serb troops. It also had its request for air support to the UNPROFOR denied. Subsequently, the Serbian forces, under Mladić’s command, led Srebrenica’s Bosniak male inhabitants into the mountains, where thousands of them were massacred. This is the largest genocide in Europe since World War II.
Srebrenica is Dutch history is a campaign which demands attention for the Srebrenica genocide, the role of the Netherlands and its 25th anniversary in the Netherlands.
Photographer Robin de Puy made 25 portrait photos of Bosnian Dutch women and men of 25 years old. All photographed have roots in Bosnia, but are born or raised in the Netherlands. Their double identity symbolizes the interconnectedness of Dutch and Bosnian history. The temporary monument consists of large format prints of the 25 photos placed in a circle on the Plein. Within this circle the physical commemoration will take place on July 11, after which the temporary monument will remain for three weeks.
If you also feel that the genocide should have a more prominent place in Dutch history education and should be taught in an inclusive manner. If you agree, please sign the petition here.
Srebrenica is Dutch History shows all 25 portraits, background-information and personal stories.