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Lecture: “Srebrenica: The perspective of a veteran” by Ebel Dijkman
02-05-2016 at 20:00 - 21:30Free
It’s now 21 years since the Srebrenica massacre − an act of genocide during the Bosnian War in which over 8,000 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered. While Srebrenica was declared one of the UN’s six ‘safe havens’ for Muslims fleeing the conflict, no one could prevent the army of General Tako Mladic invading this area. The Dutch batalion under the command of the United Nations in operation United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR), or Dutchbat in short, should have guarded this safe haven, but failed. Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok resigned only days after a publication concluded that political and military High Commanders of the Netherlands were guilty of criminal negligence, for not preventing the massacre.
It can be hard to get Dutchbat veterans to open up and explain what it was like during that time. A person who is willing to do this, however, is Captain Ebel Dijkman. He was eye witness during the massacre and within the Dutchbat he was the pastor of the battalion. As a pastor he felt responsible for the well-being of the soldiers and had close contact with many people. SIB-Groningen is organizing this evening together with ‘Humanitair Oorlogsrecht Groningen’, a volunteer network of the Red Cross that aims to spread the knowledge about war law.
– Humanitair Oorlogsrecht Groningen (Dutch) @ http://www.rodekruis.nl/dit-zijn-we/humanitair-oorlogsrecht/informatie-voor-vrijwilligers
– The Red Cross @https://www.icrc.org
– SIB-Groningen @ http://sib-groningen.nl/
– Screbrenica @http://www.britannica.com/event/Srebrenica-massacre