Sabri Ben-Achour (Bosnia & Herzegovina)

Sabri Ben-Achour (Forum of Srebrenica NGOs, Bosnia): Sabri was born in France to parents from Tunisia and New Zealand. He has lived in Tunisia, grew up in the United States, and holds British citizenship. In 2002, Sabri graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia. He lived in France and Jordan, studying French and Arabic. Sabri has also worked as a political intern with the Human Rights Campaign, the Arab American Institute, and the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom. At the time of his fellowship, Sabri was pursuing his Master's student at Georgetown University where he was studying foreign policy and international development.

March to Srebrenica

07 Jul

July 11 will mark the 10 year anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre. As one part of the commemoration services, several thousand people will retrace in reverse the steps they took in 1995 when they fled murderous ‘Chetnik’ Serb militias. Others, like myself, will join them in their march. It is expected to take three days and end at Potocari, the memorial site where several hundred newly discovered bodies will be interred.
The original exodus was from Srebrenica, a Bosnian muslim enclave in predominantly Bosnian serb territory, to Zvornik, a border town on the frontier between the Serb held territory and Bosnian territory during the war. They travelled only at night, keeping away from the roads, traversing the heavily mined forests instead.

There is still a great amount of anxiety. Billboards in Belgrade commemorating the 10 year anniversary were vandalized with cyrillic graffiti that read ‘we’re gonna watch the rerun’ or ‘Radovan Karadžiè'(one of the original perpetrators). 35kg of explosives were found yesterday at the site of the morial, and two men were arrested.

It will be an interesting journey.

Posted By Sabri Ben-Achour (Bosnia & Herzegovina)

Posted Jul 7th, 2005