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Jul 6, 2015

Srebrenica - Mass Graves Twenty Years On

Srebrenica - Mass Graves Twenty Years On

On July 11, 1995, towards the end of the Bosnian War, Bosnian Serb forces swept into a U.N.-designated "safe haven", from where they took 8,000 Muslim men and boys to be executed in the days that followed, dumping their bodies into pits in the surrounding forests. To mark the 20th anniversary of the massacre, Reuters photographer Dado Ruvic identified historic images of the mass graves from the Reuters archive and returned to the locations to photograph the sites today.

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A combination picture shows forensic experts unearthing bodily remains found in a mass grave at Crni Vrh near Zvornik, August 26, 2003 (top) and the same place June 24, 2015. On July 11, 1995, towards the end of the Bosnian War, Bosnian Serb forces swept into a U.N.-designated "safe haven", from where they took 8,000 Muslim men and boys to be executed in the days that followed, dumping their bodies into pits in the surrounding forests. To mark the 20th anniversary of the massacre, Reuters photographer Dado Ruvic identified historic images of the mass graves from the Reuters archive and returned to the locations to photograph the sites today. STAFF/REUTERS

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A combination picture shows forensic experts unearthing bodily remains found in a mass grave at Crni Vrh near Zvornik, September 22, 2002 (top) and the same place June 24, 2015. On July 11, 1995, towards the end of the Bosnian War, Bosnian Serb forces swept into a U.N.-designated "safe haven", from where they took 8,000 Muslim men and boys to be executed in the days that followed, dumping their bodies into pits in the surrounding forests. To mark the 20th anniversary of the massacre, Reuters photographer Dado Ruvic identified historic images of the mass graves from the Reuters archive and returned to the locations to photograph the sites today STAFF/REUTERS

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A combination picture shows forensic experts searching for remains during an exhumation at a mass grave site at Budak, near Srebrenica, July 6, 2007 (top) and the same place June 24, 2015. On July 11, 1995, towards the end of the Bosnian War, Bosnian Serb forces swept into a U.N.-designated "safe haven", from where they took 8,000 Muslim men and boys to be executed in the days that followed, dumping their bodies into pits in the surrounding forests. To mark the 20th anniversary of the massacre, Reuters photographer Dado Ruvic identified historic images of the mass graves from the Reuters archive and returned to the locations to photograph the sites today. STAFF/REUTERS

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A combination picture shows international forensic experts examining dozens of bodies in a mass grave in the Serb entity of Pilice, September 18, 1996 (top) and the same place June 24, 2015. On July 11, 1995, towards the end of the Bosnian War, Bosnian Serb forces swept into a U.N.-designated "safe haven", from where they took 8,000 Muslim men and boys to be executed in the days that followed, dumping their bodies into pits in the surrounding forests. To mark the 20th anniversary of the massacre, Reuters photographer Dado Ruvic identified historic images of the mass graves from the Reuters archive and returned to the locations to photograph the sites today. STAFF/REUTERS

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A combination picture shows a Muslim women from Srebrenica trying to identify human remains at a mass grave near the village of Snagovo, November 10, 2006 (top) and the same place June 24, 2015. On July 11, 1995, towards the end of the Bosnian War, Bosnian Serb forces swept into a U.N.-designated "safe haven", from where they took 8,000 Muslim men and boys to be executed in the days that followed, dumping their bodies into pits in the surrounding forests. To mark the 20th anniversary of the massacre, Reuters photographer Dado Ruvic identified historic images of the mass graves from the Reuters archive and returned to the locations to photograph the sites today. STAFF/REUTERS

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A combination picture shows forensic experts unearthing bodily remains found in a mass grave at Crni Vrh, August 4, 2003 (top) and the same place June 24, 2015. On July 11, 1995, towards the end of the Bosnian War, Bosnian Serb forces swept into a U.N.-designated "safe haven", from where they took 8,000 Muslim men and boys to be executed in the days that followed, dumping their bodies into pits in the surrounding forests. To mark the 20th anniversary of the massacre, Reuters photographer Dado Ruvic identified historic images of the mass graves from the Reuters archive and returned to the locations to photograph the sites today. STAFF/REUTERS

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A combination picture shows forensic experts of the International Commission for Missing Persons (ICMP) searching for human remains in a mass grave in the village of Kamenica, November 4, 2008 (top) and the same place June 24, 2015. On July 11, 1995, towards the end of the Bosnian War, Bosnian Serb forces swept into a U.N.-designated "safe haven", from where they took 8,000 Muslim men and boys to be executed in the days that followed, dumping their bodies into pits in the surrounding forests. To mark the 20th anniversary of the massacre, Reuters photographer Dado Ruvic identified historic images of the mass graves from the Reuters archive and returned to the locations to photograph the sites today. STAFF/REUTERS

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A combination picture shows a U.S. soldier serving with the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Bosnia patrolling while Bosnian forensic experts inspect bodily remains found in a mass grave in the village of Kamenica, July 25, 2002 (top) and the same place June 24, 2015. On July 11, 1995, towards the end of the Bosnian War, Bosnian Serb forces swept into a U.N.-designated "safe haven", from where they took 8,000 Muslim men and boys to be executed in the days that followed, dumping their bodies into pits in the surrounding forests. To mark the 20th anniversary of the massacre, Reuters photographer Dado Ruvic identified historic images of the mass graves from the Reuters archive and returned to the locations to photograph the sites today. STAFF/REUTERS

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A combination picture shows forensic experts digging for the remains of victims in a mass grave near the village of Snagovo, November 9, 2006 (top) and the same place June 24, 2015. On July 11, 1995, towards the end of the Bosnian War, Bosnian Serb forces swept into a U.N.-designated "safe haven", from where they took 8,000 Muslim men and boys to be executed in the days that followed, dumping their bodies into pits in the surrounding forests. To mark the 20th anniversary of the massacre, Reuters photographer Dado Ruvic identified historic images of the mass graves from the Reuters archive and returned to the locations to photograph the sites today. STAFF/REUTERS

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Forensic experts unearth bodily remains found in a mass grave at Crni Vrh near Zvornik, August 26, 2003 (top) and the same place June 24, 2015. On July 11, 1995, towards the end of the Bosnian War, Bosnian Serb forces swept into a U.N.-designated "safe haven", from where they took 8,000 Muslim men and boys to be executed in the days that followed, dumping their bodies into pits in the surrounding forests. To mark the 20th anniversary of the massacre, Reuters photographer Dado Ruvic identified historic images of the mass graves from the Reuters archive and returned to the locations to photograph the sites today. STAFF/REUTERS

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