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From Sarajevo: Srebrenica Genocide Study Tour

From Sarajevo: Srebrenica Genocide Study Tour

The tour starts at 8 AM in front of Info Bosnia Tourist Information Center located on main pedestrian street Ferhadija, just next to "Sarajevo Meeting of Cultures", but can be arranged from elsewhere, if requested. The city of Srebrenica is located around two and a half hours from the city of Sarajevo. The road takes you through a desolate, mountainous area with beautiful nature. While you are able to enjoy the scenery you will start learning about the history of Yugoslavia, so you can better understand the genocide of Srebrenica.  Your first stop is in front of the battery factory, used by UN forces during the war in Bosnia. Located in these previous headquarters of the Dutch battalion of the UN forces, is now one of the most modern museums in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the “Museum of Srebrenica Genocide”. There you will meet the curator and experience first-hand stories about the survival in the Srebrenica enclave. From the Museum of Srebrenica Genocide, continue to the Memorial room, where you will be able to hear the stories of the victims, which were recorded by a local journalist. A part of the Memorial room is also dedicated to the people responsible for the massacre. Victims that were found and identified are resting at the Memorial cemetery. Now the cemetery counts 6575 victims, but this number rises every year. Once you visited Potocari Memorial Center, continue your journey to the city of Srebrenica. Once the industrial leader in the area, and one of the oldest settlements of people is now a ghost city. Srebrenica is also the location for the lunch, as there are not a lot of restaurants nearby.  After Srebrenica, return to Sarajevo, where you will arrive around 6 PM and your tour ends.

Sarajevo: Full Day Study Tour to Srebrenica Memorial Complex

Sarajevo: Full Day Study Tour to Srebrenica Memorial Complex

After more than three years of the war in Bosnia, on July 11, 1995, Srebrenica was attacked. Most importantly, it was a city in East Bosnia which the UN designated to be a protected area in the war. Finally, it became the stage of the worst crimes against humanity. Armed soldiers and paramilitary units killed more than 8,000 people in the following days. While there, you are going to see a huge graveyard where the victims are buried. The High Representative Wolfgang Petritsch established the memorial and the museum in 2001 as a part of the Foundation “Srebrenica-Potocari”. Today, the complex serves as a warning and a memory for all the victims of Srebrenica Genocide. US President, Bill Clinton officially opened the memorial in 2003. From that year onwards, there were successive burials of hundreds of victims every year. The atrocity was on such a massive scale that the experts are still disinterring and identifying the victims from mass graves in the area around the river Drina. You are going to see a lot of original photo and video exhibitions in the Memorial that will help you understand the level of crimes that happened there. Beside the memorials, this tour covers many tragic stories from the 90s. Surely, after meeting the survivor of Srebrenica genocide your perspective of this human tragedy will affect you and will probably change the perception you had before. Later, our guide will show you life after genocide since this tour will continue towards Srebrenica town. We will show you the springs of healthy water in the area around the city. This water contains two-valency fero, cobalt, nickel, copper, manganes etc. It is very healthy and has big potential in developing this area in the future. Return to Sarajevo is around 5 pm.

Understanding Srebrenica Genocide + Lunch with Local Family

Understanding Srebrenica Genocide + Lunch with Local Family

Meet our team at the office or your preferred pickup location. Your guide will give you a personal, firsthand, experience of sorrowful past events and introduce your to the local people of Srebrenica to complete the whole picture. They will make sure no questions remain unanswered, even of personal nature, so don’t refrain from sharing your thoughts and opinions at any moment of time. After the morning pickup around 8 am, you’ll spend two and a half hours on the road towards Srebrenica, where you’ll enjoy the beautiful scenery of Eastern Bosnian mountain regions, spiced up with detailed stories and important explanations behind the reasons of “Death of Yugoslavia”. Understanding the role of Bosnia in the storm of 90’s is crucial for better understanding of Genocide in Srebrenica. Genocide in Srebrenica is not an event which just took place in one narrow region or one town, in fact, it is an overall story of aggression on Bosnia and Herzegovina, meaning Genocide events took place in wider area of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and especially of the region of East Bosnia, famously called Podrinje. During your ride you will pass through several small towns and village where similar events have occurred, so chronological introduction and context is very important to fully understand the story that you’ll be exploring together that day. As soon you arrive to Memorial Centre at Potočari, you will have a chance to participate at locally guided tour and history class at Memorial Centre with official guide. Local guide in charge is survivor of those events and person whose experiences and stories are extremely important part of the tour. Other important elements of the visit will take place at former UN base, where you’ll get a chance to see amazing Museum of “Srebrenica Genocide – failure of international community”, understand importance of Memorial Room, see number of documentary movies, study chronological photo exhibitions, get stunned by graffiti remains, learn personal stories and stories of in-base mass grave and other elements of importance related to overall story of Srebrenica Genocide. The highlight of the day is lunch with the local family in Srebrenica. As the unemployment rate, Genocide denial and severe discrimination of predominantly Bosniak people in Srebrenica is frequent, Funky Tours has dedicated its work to empower local communities to be active participant of sustainable tourism. People of Srebrenica love to share their personal stories, those beautiful, equally as the terrible ones. Don’t be afraid to listen, understand and actively support the sustainability of life in Srebrenica today. After we are done with lunch and Srebrenica town explorations, it is time to head back. Expect to be in Sarajevo around 6 or latest 7 pm.

Srebrenica: "Remembering Srebrenica Genocide" History Tour

Srebrenica: "Remembering Srebrenica Genocide" History Tour

Head out to Srebrenica on a full-day guided tour. Originally a town which was one of the main centers for money minting during the Roman Rule, Srebrenica was a place where people settled in the ancient times and was named at various times Domavia, Argentum and Bosna Argentaria. Today, Srebrenica is a small town in southeast Bosnia which became the attention of international focus due to the mass genocide and supposedly safe area of the United Nations during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Today, Srebrenica is the site of one mass grave of the 8000 killed Bosnian Muslims, a bloody stain on Bosnian history. Explore this site with a knowledgeable guide.

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