Mapping genocide

Jun 24, 2011
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On June 17, Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina launched an interactive online tool that maps the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, relying on documentary animation, video footage, and narration to provide a new educational model for the interpretation and understanding of the massacre.

The website is available in both English and Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian languages. The map is intended to be an unbiased, comprehensive history of the massacre, based on facts without comments or conclusions. Suada Kapic, the author of the project, has said that the most significant value of the website “is its availability to all interested stakeholders as well as its potential to offer an overview of causes and consequences of genocide in Srebrenica through verified documents and sources.”

All of the evidence included is based on court rulings in the Hague and original documents from the UN and the Republika Srpska government. The entire presentation consists of 17 maps and lasts 220 minutes. It tracks the chronology of events from July 6 to 19 1995.

According to the website, the primary purpose of the map is to serve as a user-friendly educational tool for youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as a resource to the rest of the world.

Last year, members of the Bosnian political scene pubically denied that the crimes that occurred at Srebrenica qualified as genocide. Hopefully this new tool, user-friendly and accessible to anyone with Internet access, will provide a venue for truth and preserve the memory of an event that—now approaching its 16th anniversary—occurred before many of the site’s target demographic were even born.

About the Author

Michelle Timmerman

Michelle Timmerman is a an editorial intern at Transitions Online. She is in her third year at Harvard College, where she studies the history and literature of modern Europe. She is a staff writer for the university daily, the Harvard Crimson, and an executive editor of the Crimson’s weekly magazine.
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