Donji Potočari

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Donji Potočari
Village
Donji Potočari is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Donji Potočari
Donji Potočari
Coordinates: 44°08′56.00″N 19°17′52.00″E / 44.1488889°N 19.2977778°E / 44.1488889; 19.2977778Coordinates: 44°08′56.00″N 19°17′52.00″E / 44.1488889°N 19.2977778°E / 44.1488889; 19.2977778
CountryBosnia and Herzegovina
EntityRepublika Srpska
MunicipalitySrebrenica

Donji Potočari is a village in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 6 km north-west 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 Bosnian War, the village was in the Srebrenica municipality. Along with all other places in the municipality, its population swelled as it hosted refugees from neighboring parts of Bosnia. When Serb forces overran the municipality in July 1995, they carried out the Srebrenica massacre, killing over 8,000 innocent Bosniak (Muslim) men and boys.

Postwar[edit]

Annual commemoration of the Srebrenica massacre, 11 July 2007

In October 2000, Wolfgang Petritsch, the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina, declared that the land in Potočari would be turned into a memorial and cemetery for the victims of the genocide.[1] In May 2001, a foundation was established to oversee and finance construction of the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial. Two months later, around the time of the sixth anniversary of the massacre, a foundation stone was laid for the memorial in front of a crowd of 15,000 people. The first memorial was held in July 2002, with about 20,000 attendees. The first 600 victims were buried in the new cemetery in March 2003.

The main memorial and the cemetery are 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 more than 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.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Courting Democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina". Google Books. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2015.

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