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Holocaust survivor visits Bosnia's largest mass grave

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 01:16

Nov. 25 - President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Theodor Meron visits Bosnia's mass grave from which 430 bodies have been exhumed. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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As officials continue uncovering bodies from Bosnia's largest mass grave, a well known Holocaust survivor pays his respects. Theodor Meron, president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, says the site has a special significance for him. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA (ICTY) PRESIDENT, THEODOR MERON, SAYING: "It's very difficult for me to speak at this place where one stands face to face with the horror that man can do to other man." Victims of ethnic cleansing were brought by trucks, unloaded and buried at the Tomasica mass grave. 430 bodies have been exhumed since the site was discovered in August - 18 years after the Bosnian war ended. It's a painful reminder to those who lived through the country's dark past, such this Bosnian man who believes members of his family have been exhumed from the grave. (SOUNDBITE) (Bosnian) MAN WHO BELIEVES THAT 10 MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY, INCLUDING HIS FATHER, BROTHER, GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDFATHER, HAVE BEEN EXHUMED FROM MASS GRAVE, MIRSAD DURATOVIC, SAYING: "There's a message I want to pass to Mr. Meron on behalf of the victims from Prijedor - we are not satisfied with the work of the Hague tribunal, with the severity of the punishments for the war crimes, and with the practice of the Tribunal to release from the prison those who have served two thirds of their sentence..." Around 1,200 people are still missing from the Prijedor area.

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Holocaust survivor visits Bosnia's largest mass grave

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 01:16