BiH: Opened traveling exhibition “Stories from Srebrenica”

Organized by the Potočari – Srebrenica Memorial Center, the traveling exhibition “Stories from Srebrenica” was opened today in the Youth Center in Tuzla. After Tuzla, the exhibition will be staged in Prijedor, Mostar and Sarajevo. The Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina provided support for the organization of the traveling exhibition.

“The exhibition is traveling and is called “Stories from Srebrenica”. The exhibition is a combination of video archive and physical artifacts. It contains five personal stories about people from Srebrenica who were killed in the genocide and five stories of people about life and genocide during the war. When you combine those two things, you get the whole atmosphere that reigned in Srebrenica at that time. We wanted different stories and their lives. Each story is divided into three periods: life, death and found object. Through these three parts, we are talking about a person who was killed in genocide,” said Ahmo Mehmedović, an external associate at the “Potočari – Srebrenica” Memorial Center, Anadolija reports.

The story of Srebrenica is told by the generation that survived the genocide against Bosniaks in July 1995.

“The messages are numerous. They are mostly victims who were killed in July 1995. We remember the victims in this way, through this exhibition, in addition we have five screens with five stories and through personal testimonies you can hear the confessions of people who were in Srebrenica. So far, we have recorded 504 testimonies in Potočari, Sarajevo and Tuzla. It is extremely important that the generation that survived the genocide leaves a legacy for future generations. This is the only way we will succeed in our efforts to remember, not to forget, to preserve the museum’s heritage,” said Hasan Hasanović, head of the oral history team at the memorial center.

One of the stories in the exhibition is about Nedžib Hrustić. In July 1995, he and his son left for Tuzla, while his wife and younger son stayed in Potočari.

“My sister and younger son arrived in Tuzla, as did the older son. He was most likely killed when the column was cut off above Koljević Polje. There are indications that he was killed in the Kravica warehouse, and his remains were found in the Blječevo mass grave,” said Nura Begović from the “Women of Srebrenica” Association.

At the time of the aggression against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tuzla was a city where exiled Bosniaks from Podrinje came. About 50,000 people from Podrinja arrived in Tuzla, said mayor Zijad Lugavić.

“One of the reasons why the exhibition opens in Tuzla is that Tuzla has received over 50,000 refugees and displaced persons. Citizens of Srebrenica are also citizens of Tuzla. The culture of memory is very important and we must always seek justice, we must promote the truth. The exhibition starts in Tuzla, but it should be in every city of Bosnia and Herzegovina so that all citizens can find out what happened in Srebrenica. We must never allow the genocide to fall into the shadows,” said Lugavić.

For the next seven days, the exhibition can be seen every day at the Youth Center in Tuzla, and after that the exhibition will go to Prijedor, Mostar and Sarajevo.

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