UN / SREBRENICA MOTHERS VISIT

16-Jun-2023 00:04:30
A group of representatives of the Mothers of Srebrenica visited UN Headquarters in New York on the eve of International Day for Countering Hate Speech, observed at the UN on June 18. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / MOTHERS OF SREBRENICA VISIT
TRT: 04:30
SOURCE: UNIFEED
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / BOSNIAN / NATS

DATELINE: 7/8 JUNE 2023, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Close up, UN flag at UN headquarters
2. Wide shot, UN headquarters
3. Wide shot, Munira Subašić enters the UN headquarters to visit exhibition
4. SOUNDBITE (Bosnian) Munira Subašić. President, Mothers of Srebrenica:
“I survived the genocide. 22 of my closest family members were killed. My son was an especially good child. He was a good student. He loved life. He loved math. He sincerely cared about his friends. However, destiny did its part. Every time I speak about it, I go back to that time in 1995. What happened is that they are no longer here. I only know that every mother who has lost her child has also died in a way. I have three grandchildren. We, as grandmothers, have the duty to do everything we can while we’re alive not to leave our children with burden on their back. We have to remember the past and learn from the past because a person without a past cannot be a person with a future. My message to all mothers in the world is when you give a birth to a new human being, try to raise them with love try to raise them with love as you gave birth to them in love. Raise them to love and be loved. And not to bring harm to anyone in any way.”
5. Med shot, Munira Subašić holds old photograph
6. Various shots, Munira Subašić visits exhibition
7. Close up, Kada Hotić holds old photographs
8. SOUNDBITE (Bosnian) Kada Hotić, Member, Mothers of Srebrenica:
“My husband, my son, and two of my brothers. In 2013, I buried two bones that belonged to my son’s one leg. And my son, he had his back, head, arms, and legs. Nothing was found yet. DNA analysis confirmed that these two bones were my son. That is what I buried. I am 79 years old now. I am not tired yet and I am still fighting. And I will keep fighting. In the name of justice and in the name of humanity.”
9. Med shot, Kada Hotić speaks
10. Various shots, exhibition
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Alice Wairimu Nderitu, Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, United Nations:
“The Mothers of Srebrenica are here. It's extremely important that they are because a genocide happened in Srebrenica 28 years ago. Their presence here is a reminder of what should never happen again. Their presence here means that the story is kept alive. It means that we can keep asking ourselves, what it is that we can do better so that this genocide doesn't happen again. We still hear, up to today, people denying the genocide, people saying that it did not happen. The United Nations was founded on the promise of never again. This promise is difficult to keep, but we must keep trying to keep it.”
12. Various shots, Nderitu visits exhibition with Subašić
STORYLINE
A group of representatives of the Mothers of Srebrenica visited UN Headquarters in New York on the eve of International Day for Countering Hate Speech, observed at the UN on June 18.

During their visit last week (8 June), three of the active members of the Mothers of Srebrenica visited the exhibit “Stories of Survival and Remembrance - A call to action for genocide prevention.”

They also met with UN Secretary-General António Guterres and his deputy, the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Alice Nderitu.

Nderitu said, “The Mothers of Srebrenica are here. It's extremely important that they are because a genocide happened in Srebrenica 28 years ago. Their presence here is a reminder of what should never happen again. Their presence here means that the story is kept alive. It means that we can keep asking ourselves, what it is that we can do better so that this genocide doesn't happen again.”

The UN Special Adviser added, “We still hear, up to today, people denying the genocide, people saying that it did not happen. The United Nations was founded on the promise of never again. This promise is difficult to keep, but we must keep trying to keep it.”

Amid the Bosnian War in 1995, a UN safe haven was established in the Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica. But in July, the town was overrun by Bosnian-Serb forces and some 8,000 boys and men were killed within a week. The Srebrenica genocide is considered the largest atrocity in Europe since World War II.

The Mothers of Srebrenica Association was founded in 2002 and united thousands of people - mothers, sisters and wives who have lost loved ones.

The President of the organization, Munira Subašić, explained how she survived the genocide, but 22 of her closest family members were killed.

“My son was an especially good child. He was a good student. He loved life. He loved math. He sincerely cared about his friends. However, destiny did its part. Every time I speak about it, I go back to that time in 1995. What happened is that they are no longer here. I only know that every mother who has lost her child has also died in a way,” said Subašić.

Now, the survivor said, she has three grandchildren and feels like grandmothers “have the duty to do everything we can while we’re alive not to leave our children with burden on their back.”

She added, “We have to remember the past and learn from the past because a person without a past cannot be a person with a future. My message to all mothers in the world is when you give a birth to a new human being, try to raise them with love try to raise them with love as you gave birth to them in love. Raise them to love and be loved. And not to bring harm to anyone in any way.”

For more than twenty years, the organization has been searching for missing persons, mass graves, trying to identify every victim and dead person, supporting survivors, and seeking justice.

Another member of Mothers of Srebrenica, Kada Hotić, lost her husband, her son, and two of her brothers.

She said, “In 2013, I buried two bones that belonged to my son’s one leg. And my son, he had his back, head, arms, and legs. Nothing was found yet. DNA analysis confirmed that these two bones were my son. That is what I buried.”

Now, at 79 years, Hotić says she is not tired yet and is still fighting.

“And I will keep fighting. In the name of justice and in the name of humanity,” she concluded.
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