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July 10, 2015

Srebrenica is a small Bosnian town where 8000 where men and boys were systematically murdered in 1995, in the heart of Europe. 99% of the victims were Bosnian Muslim men and boys, some of them Muslim women and Bosnian Catholics. May they all rest in peace forever. The official number is 8732, and 20 years later many victims have yet to be found and buried. This July 11, 2015, 136 will be buried–among them boys under age of 18.

What is a genocide? Some look at the numbers and say that it has to be in over 50,000 thousand or more victims for an attrocity to be declared a genocide. Well, I beg to differ. To my mind and heart, a genocide is even one life lost because life is precious. Srebrenica, like many other massacres around the world that happened and are happening, is just one more reminder of humanity’s failure to learn one of the most important lessons of life: coexistence and love for one another regardless of race, creed, language, gender, sexual orientation. It is a reminder that whenever we vow “Never again,” we royally fail all over again. To me personally, Srebrenica reminds me of all other genocides and innocent lives lost all over the globe. It reminds me of 9/11 victims, pogroms of Jewish people in the Holocaust, the genocide of Rohingya in Myanmar, Rwanda genocide, even the thousands of Serb lives lost in WWII and many more. No human deserves to be killed simply because of who they are and what they believe.

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