Every year, on this day, I post about Srebrenica. That will never change. I am here to bear witness. I was born at the start of the war that led to genocide that was meant to get rid of my family in Srebrenica, and all Muslims in Bosnia. But some of us survived. All week I’ve been thinking about how lucky I am. How lucky I am that the only duty I have is to bear witness. To tell all of you about what happened, and to never let our loved ones be forgotten. How lucky I am to have both my parents, when so many of the people I love lost their other halves, their fathers, brothers, sons, daughters, sisters, and mothers. How lucky am I that I was born after the fact and don’t have their memories haunting me like they do. All I can ever say I love you and I’ll be here, never forgetting them with you. My family members were killed in the death march escaping, shot execution style alongside thousands others, and only God knows what other horrific ways. •
This year, we’ve been bringing up what happened in Bosnia a lot for different reasons, because were terrified we see it happening again and again. We are already knee deep in it in the Middle East, but we’re also in it here in the US, again. And so we bear witness so that you guys may not have to. But trust me, this is how it starts. I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep saying it, when we stop seeing the humanity in each other, we lose our own. •
Finally, I’ll leave with this, the last act of genocide is denial. Denial that you ever killed those people, that they even existed in the first place. They buried them in mass graves hoping we’ll never find them, never identify their bodies if they’re in parts. Trust us, we’re still here, we’re still evidence of their beautiful lives and their innocence and we will never let them be forgotten.
Rest In Peace to all of the 8000+ victims in Srebrenica in July, to all of the 100000+ victims across Bosnia from ‘92-‘95, and my love to all of those living with the unimaginable pain every day. - 7 days ago