Rising 1,042 meters above sea level is Udrc Mountain, the highest elevation point in central Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Podrinje region, also known as the Drina Valley. This mountain and the nearby Kamenica Hill are two sites often referenced in recollections of the Srebrenica genocide and are of great significance to the country’s wartime historical narrative.
In the early ‘90s, no one believed that war would hit Sarajevo or that the Yugoslav National Army could turn into an enemy of the city’s people. For centuries, Sarajevo had been a multicultural city with its mosques, synagogues, and Catholic and Orthodox churches.
The ICTY is getting ready to close its doors permanently in 2017. During their 24 arduous years, the ICTY prosecuted over 160 of those responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law during the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s.
On the morning of 7 July, Srebrenica felt like a ghost town. I departed Sarajevo earlier that morning with a group of fellow graduate students from the University of Denver. We were preparing to participate in the Marš Mira, the annual peace march that commemorates the Srebrenica genocide.