Twenty-second anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre

Thousands gathered in Srebrenica on Tuesday, June 11, to mark the 1995 massacre of about 8,000 Bosnian Muslims, Europe’s worst atrocity since World War II, with some relatives of the victims giving their loved ones a proper burial for the first time.

The remains of 71 victims of the bloodshed, which has been ruled genocide by international courts, were laid to rest in a joint funeral at a memorial cemetery in Potocari, near Srebrenica.

They included a 33-year-old woman and seven people who were under 18 when they were killed.

Adela Efendic said she had come to “finally say goodbye” to her father Senaid, who was 35 when he was killed.

“His remains were found nine years ago in a common grave, but only a few bones,” the 22-year-old said, her head covered with a violet veil and tears streaming down her cheeks.

“We were waiting, hoping to find more, but nothing turned up… We decided to bury him now so his bones find peace,” said Efendic, who was just 20 days old when her father died.

“I have only one photo of him, a small one, like for an ID card. But my mother told me a lot about him… it allows me to imagine him.”

Bosnian Serb forces captured the eastern Bosnian town, a UN-protected enclave at the time, on July 11, 1995, five months before the end of Bosnia’s inter-ethnic war.

In the following days they summarily killed some 8,000 Muslim men and boys.

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Prayers and tears

A Bosnian Muslim woman prays among gravestones during a funeral ceremony for dozens of newly identified victims of the 1995 massacre, at the memorial centre of Potocari near Srebrenica, 150 kms north east of Sarajevo, Bosnia, Tuesday, July 11, 2017. (Photo: Amel Emric/AP)

Funeral ceremony

People carry the coffin during a funeral ceremony of newly identified 71 Srebrenica genocide victims, to mark the 22nd anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, at Potocari Memorial Center in Potocari village of Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina on July 11, 2017. (Photo: Mustafa Ozturk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Numan Kurtulmus meets with Bosnians

Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Numan Kurtulmus (R) meets with Bosnians during a ceremony, to mark the 22nd anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, in an old battery factory, which was used as a headquarter by UN soldiers, in Potocari village of Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina on July 11, 2017. (Photo: Ahmet Bolat/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Bosnian Muslims carry caskets

Bosnian Muslims, survivors of Srebrenica 1995 massacre, as well as other visitors, carry one of many caskets containing the remains of their relatives, before final burial at memorial cemetery in village of Potocari, near the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica, on July 11, 2017. (Photo: Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images)

Mostar bridge

A man holding flowers in his hand jumps into the Neretva river from historical “Old Bridge”, also known as “Mostar Bridge” to mark the 22nd anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina on July 11, 2017. (Photo: Zeljko Milicevic/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Muslims pray in front of coffins

Bosnian Muslim people pray in front of coffins during a funeral ceremony for dozens of newly identified victims of the 1995 massacre, at the memorial centre of Potocari near Srebrenica, 150 kms north east of Sarajevo, Bosnia, Tuesday, July 11, 2017. (Photo: Amel Emric/AP)

A woman mourns

A woman mourns near coffins of her relatives, who are newly identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, which are lined up for a joint burial in Potocari near Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, July 11, 2017. (Photo: Dado Ruvic/Reuters)

Lilies represent victims’ innocence

Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Numan Kurtulmus (C) holds a lily in his hands, which represents victims’ innocence, to mark the 22nd anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide in Potocari village of Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina on July 11, 2017. (Photo: Kemal Zorlak/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A banner with pictures of Serbs killed

A man looks at a banner with pictures of Serbs killed by Bosnian forces during the 1992-95 Bosnian war in the Srebrenica area, in downtown Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, July 10, 2017. (Photo: Amel Emric/AP)

A girl reads a coffin name tag

A Bosnian girl reads a name tag on a coffin among 71 caskets displayed at the memorial centre of Potocari near Srebrenica, 150 kms north east of Sarajevo, Bosnia, Monday, July 10, 2017, prior to their burial scheduled for Tuesday. (Photo: Amel Emric/AP)

‘Women in Black’ hold banners

Members of anti-war organization “Women in Black”, hold banners that read: “SREBRENICA” as part of a meeting to mark the 22th anniversary of the Srebrenica tragedy when in 1995 Bosnian Serb forces stormed the enclave and systematically killed thousands of Bosnian Muslims, in downtown Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, July 10, 2017. (Photo: Darko Vojinovic/AP)

People mourn by a coffin

People cry by the coffin of a relative, among 71 coffins displayed at the memorial centre of Potocari near Srebrenica, 150 kms north east of Sarajevo, in Bosnia, Sunday, July 9, 2017, where the newly identified victims of Europe’s worst massacre since World War II will be buried on the 22th anniversary of the crime on Tuesday. (Photo: Amel Emric/AP)

Monument with names of victims

A red carnation is placed on a monument containing the names of victims during a funeral ceremony of newly identified 71 Srebrenica genocide victims, to mark the 22nd anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, at Potocari Memorial Center in Potocari village of Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina on July 11, 2017. (Photo: Talha Ozturk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)