This August 30 was the International Day of Missing Persons, a day particularly celebrated in the Balkans, where almost 10,000 people are still missing after the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. Over 7,600 in Bosnia and Herzegovina alone. View on euronews
A white rose, thrown from the Mostar bridge in Bosnia, in memory of a loved one, of whom we have not heard, whose terrible fate we can only imagine for years. This August 30 was the International Day of Missing Persons, a day particularly celebrated in the Balkans, where almost 10,000 people are still missing after the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. More than 7,600 missing, just for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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“Behind each of the names of the missing is a story, a life, a mother and a father, brothers and sisters, daughters and sons who have lived in uncertainty for 26 years and who do not know what is happened to their loved ones, “recalls Elmir Camic, Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In Croatia, the same distress. At the cemetery in the town of Glina, homage is paid to the 1858 people who disappeared during the war between 1991-1995.
An estimated 35,000 people disappeared after the wars in the Balkans. In Serbia, too, we are looking for victims. Their shadow hangs over the relations between these countries, former enemies still filled with resentment: Belgrade blames the attitude of Croatia and Kosovo.
Kosovo, against which Serbia was at war between 1998 and 1999, is looking for 1,630 missing.