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University of Boston - Exibition: The Betrayal of Srebrenica: A Commemoration

Balkan history exhibits the cost of war
Published in the Monday, January 28, 2008 Edition of
By Kaitlin Meehan

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The Srebrenica massacre, called "the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II," was the devastating, July 1995 culmination of the war in Bosnia. The reason: 23,000 Muslim women and children of Srebrenica, Bosnia were deported and over 8,000 Muslim men and young boys were executed. A distinguished photographic exhibit, The Betrayal of Srebrenica: A Commemoration, opens tomorrow in the Bapst Art Library Gallery in remembrance.

The war in Bosnia followed the country's acquired independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. In this power struggle among the region's ethnic groups, sides were determined based on Serb or non-Serb ethnicity. Senseless fighting escalated to the most terrible of human brutality with the reinstatement of ethnic cleansing, concentration camps, and a climax of mass murder in Srebrenica.

In April 1993, the U.N. designated Srebrenica was one of six "safe" areas in Bosnia - regions that, in theory, would harbor non-Serb, Muslim civilians being persecuted by the Bosnian Serb military. Given the location of Srebrenica, nearly on the border of Bosnia and Serbia, Bosnian Serbs found it imperative to acquire the region. Included in their agenda was the elimination of non-Serb Muslims. On July 11, 1995, Bosnian Serb forces defied U.N. declarations and captured Srebrenica, giving them free reign over the thousands of Muslim, non-Serb civilians.

The Betrayal of Srebrenica is the work of Lisa DiCaprio, a visiting assistant professor of history at Boston College, and Paula Allen, a renowned photographer and human rights activist whose previous work has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, and U.S. News and World Report, among others. The two had previously collaborated on a Chilean exhibit that "accounted the democratically elected Popular Unity government of Salvador Allende on Sept. 11, 1973," said DiCaprio, who, at the time, had been teaching the history of human rights and international justice. These classes and the success of her and Allen's Chilean exhibit inspired the research on the Srebrenica massacre.
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