Pictures in place of words

Srebrenica. Potočari. Marš Mira.

I do not have words yet.

Two weeks ago some classmates and I participated in the Marš Mira (Peace March). It was demanding mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually and probably any other –ly you can think of. I haven’t even begun to fully process the experience. So when we visited Srebrenica again this past weekend, it was difficult for me. Although the setting was the same, it felt entirely different. Quiet and serenity had replaced thousands of people and stimulation. More emotions and feelings came up for me during the second visit as it was easier to reflect and be still in the moment.

Despite my lack of coherent language to share with others, I still wish to begin to share something. For it is a story, a place, a collective memory that needs to be shared. Hopefully pictures suffice for now.

Outside the factory/memorial in Potočari
Statue outside the factory/memorial in Potočari
Inside where close to 5,000 people were held without access to food, water or any basic necessities
Inside where close to 5,000 people were held without access to food, water or any basic necessities
Eventually the Dutch UN peace keeping force turned the people over to Serbian troops
Eventually the Dutch UN peace keeping force turned the people over to Serbian troops
The red and yellow doors used to be a bar for the UN troops.
The red and yellow doors used to be an entrance to a bar for the UN troops.
Looking from the factory to the "offices"
Looking from the factory to the “offices”
Hasan describing how the Dutch UN troops used the facilities
Hasan describing how the Dutch UN troops used the facilities
Throughout the offices are some of the troop's "artwork" - this is one of the more respectful pieces
Throughout the offices are some of the troop’s “artwork” – this is one of the more respectful pieces
Freshly buried graves in the cemetery. A total of 175 individuals were identified this year.
Freshly buried graves in the cemetery. A total of 175 individuals were identified this year. Of the 8,372 reported missing, around 1,000 have yet to be found or identified.
Three of us overlooking Srebrenica in the early morning.
Three of us overlooking Srebrenica in the early morning.
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