Screbrenica - 25 Years Ago
And when is Lebanon coming to terms with its past?
July 12, 2020

On July 11, 2020, Bosnia and Herzegovina marked the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, when over 8,000 Bosniak Muslim men and boys were massacred by Serbian forces. The commemoration included messages sent from leaders around the world who were unable to attend due to the coronavirus, and, more notably, the burial in the cemetery of nine recently identified victims. Nearly 7,000 of the victims have been exhumed and identified, with work continuing to uncover those that remain unaccounted for.  

The efforts to commemorate the Srebrenica genocide stand in stark contrast with the massacres from the Lebanese civil war, which ended five years before the genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As mass graves continue to be unearthed in Srebrenica, the question deserves to be asked: when will Lebanon finally come to terms with its own conflict-loaded past and begin finding the remains of its long-forgotten citizens?