What if the buildings of Belgrade could talk? They would for sure tell us stories of Serbia’s unpredictable and troubled transition to democracy. Let’s listen to one building in Belgrade that is aptly described as “void” and what it tells us about the spring of 1999, when Belgrade was bombed.
Haris, an Austrian with Bosnian family-roots, shares his view on why remembering the past mistakes is crucial for ensuring a better future. However, observant the current conflicts and humanitarian crises and in spite of the grave war atrocities, humankind clearly still hasn’t learned its lesson.
How does Serbia reflect on Srebrenica and its commemoration? What is the public attitude and how are the leading politicians using Srebrenica in their political calculations nowadays? After 20 years of no clear act of reconciliation it is though clear that Serbian as well as Bosnian political leaders need to reconsider their positions, attitudes and approaches.
We need to talk about Srebrenica. We need to talk about it more often and more loudly, as it seems that people are slow learners. Crimes committed against civilians in numerous states during various conflicts show that humankind continuously fails to learn from history and past mistakes. We need to be reminded of Srebrenica and its tragic lessons and a hope remains that we will slowly know better. This article is part of a series on the commemoration of Srebrenica.