Bosnia and Herzegovina: Annual march for Srebrenica victims kicks off despite COVID-19 spread

Hundreds set off on the annual march in memory of the victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, from the town of Nezuk on Wednesday, which traditionally takes place over the course of three days. Due to the coronavirus, the 2020 march has seen a drop in turnout, compared to the thousands of people who march each year. Participants are set to march a total distance of approximately 100 kilometres (62 miles) along the same forest route that thousands of Bosniaks used to flee from Bosnian Serb forces during the events of the Bosnian War. The walk will come to an end in a cemetery in Potocari, where a ceremony will be held for some of the victims. Over 8,000 Bosniak men and boys were murdered and thousands of women and girls were sexually assaulted and tortured when units of the Bosnian Serb Army of Republika Srpska overran the UN 'safe area' of Srebrenica in July 1995.

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