Croatian Ultra-Marathon Runners Arrive in Srebrenica on the Eve of the Genocide Anniversary

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A commemorative run from Vukovar to Srebrenica ends one day before the sad anniversary.

Participants of the Vukovar-Srebrenica ultra-marathon arrived on Sunday in Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, joining the events marking the 21st anniversary of the genocide which was committed against Bosniaks in July 1995 by the Bosnian Serb army, reports n1info on July 10, 2016.

This year’s was the fifth ultra-marathon and was organized by the Council of the Bosniak National Minority in Zagreb and the Association of Bosniak Croatian War Veterans, under the auspices of President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić.

The four runners, of which three were Croatian war veterans with disability status, left Ovčara near Vukovar on Wednesday with the intention of honouring the innocent war victims of Vukovar and Srebrenica. Elvir Rakipović, Duško Štrbac, Robert Kasumović and Dražen Čučić ran for 227 kilometres, finding a friendly welcome at all stages of their voyage which led them through Brčko and Tuzla. Also, more than 5,000 participants of a peace march also arrived today in Srebrenica.

On Monday, remains of 127 victims of the genocide will be buried at the cemetery at the memorial centre in Potočari. Overall, more than 8,000 Bosniaks were killed during the genocide in 1995.


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