Photo of the Day: Empty Shoes of Srebrenica

Trials are being held concerning the massacre of 8,300 men and boys. Justice pales.

Shoes are piled up as part of the "8372..." project in central Istanbul to remember victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre and to call attention to the U.N.'s inability to save them. (Photo: Murad Sezer/Reuters)
Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.

In July 1995, at least 8,300 unarmed Bosnian Muslim men and boys were massacred by members of the Bosnian Serb army loyal to General Ratko Mladic. The massacre victims had congregated in the presumed safe haven of an enclave at Srebrenica that was nominally protected by U.N. forces.

Mladic is facing war crimes charges in the Hague, and a Dutch court recently found Dutch U.N. peacekeepers culpable for having handed over three of the massacre victims to Serbian soldiers.

The 2011 anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre was marked by a mass burial of remains of 613 newly identified victims, a ceremony that—like any justice eked out of the Hague or Dutch courts—is woefully late in arriving.

The youngest of the 613 newly identified victims was 11 years old, the oldest 82.

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