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Erie's Bosnian Community Remembers Srebrenica genocide

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It was the largest mass murder in European history since the Holocaust, and today, dozens of area residents, including survivors of the Srebrenica genocide are paying tribute to those who lost their lives.

The Srebrenica genocide happened 19 years ago today during the Bosnian war, when more than 8,000 people, mostly Muslim men and boys, were killed. Some people were able to flee the country in 1995 settling in Erie, and they took part in today's rally. Dozens of people gathered in Perry’s Square today, remembering each live lost in the mass murder.

"I am a survivor,” said Edin Selinovic, who attended the second annual rally. “We want this event, what's happened to us to never forget…to forgive, but to never forget."

The killing is described by the United Nations as the worst crime on European soil since World War II. Even though Serbian leaders have apologized for the killing in the years since the Bosnian war, they have stopped short of calling the massacre genocide.

Erie’s Bosnian community wants to pay tribute to the fallen, but also send a message to the United Nations and European leaders emphasizing the brutality that happened nearly two decades ago.

Erie's Bosnians tell us people continue to search for mass graves from the genocide. They say that just today, 175 more victims were laid to rest.

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