Potočari

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Potočari 11 July 2007

Potočari is a village in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, 6 km north-west of the town of Srebrenica. In the 1991 census it had 4,338 inhabitants, of whom 93% were Bosniaks and 7% were others, mainly Serbs.

Bosnian War[edit]

During the war in Bosnia the village was in the Srebrenica enclave. Along with all other places in the enclave its population swelled as it hosted refugees from neighboring parts of Bosnia. When Serb forces overran the enclave in July 1995 they carried out the Srebrenica genocide here.

Post-war period[edit]

The main Srebrenica Genocide Memorial and cemetery are located here. The biggest donation for the funding of the memorial and cemetery was made by the US government, and the memorial was dedicated by former president Bill Clinton in 2003; during the 10th anniversary commemoration another 619 of the victims were buried. Today there are 5,000+ people buried here. As more of the 8,200 massacre victims are exhumed from mass graves and identified, it is likely they will be interred here.

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Coordinates: 44°08′56″N 19°17′52″E / 44.14889°N 19.29778°E / 44.14889; 19.29778