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MARIUPOL. THE INVISIBLE TEAR. - The drive from Kiev is long, the landscape monotonous. The scenery belies the intensity and the selflessness that war brings. - On the contrary, each tree that files past, each service station by the side of the road, brings me inexorably closer to the unsurpassable banality of it all. - The few words I catch in the conversations of my Ukrainian companions remind me that, at least in their minds, there is a war at the end of this road. (more ) (Text by Jerome Sessini)


Around July 11, 1995, around 10'000 people, mostly men and boys, but also a few women, decided to escape the Srebrenica "safe enclave". The Muslim population realized that the Bosnian Serbs were likely to come in anyway, the UN was not doing anything (The Dutch UN forces were ordered not to fire, even if they were attacked). Every 11th of July the people commemorate the genocide that took place in Srebrenica in 1995. A burial takes place at the memorial cemetery in Potocari. Potocari is a small village where there is a archer abounded car battery factory. This building is what the Dutch UN forces used as their HQ during the war. The people buried here are only the ones who were killed during and around Srebrenica in July 1995. An estimated 8'000 were killed during the week after. (ks) - Photographer Kristian Skeie is covering "Life After Srebrenica" since 2011.

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