HAMTRAMCK — With a backdrop of national flags, white carnations and a haunting poster of a grieving war victim, several hundred people gathered at City Hall on Sunday, marking the 10th anniversary of the massacre of an estimated 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Serbs in Srebrenica during the Bosnian war. The somber crowd, including children and teenagers in colorful national dress, also observed a minute of silence in tribute to the American military — and their adopted country — for ending that conflict. “This was the greatest tragedy in the history of Bosnia, and the largest atrocity in Europe since World War II,” Sead Camo said. “This was not a civil war where both sides could be faulted.
This was genocide.” Camo, of the Bosnian American Islamic Center of Detroit, and other speakers also praised the U.S. Congress for a resolution last month that recognized the killings as an act of genocide against the Bosnian Muslims. Also on hand was Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council of American Islamic Relations, who said Sunday’s memorial highlights more than the tragedy of a decade ago. “It is significant for all Muslims, especially in the light of what happened in London, to remember the collective suffering of all and to stop killings based on ignorance and hate,” Walid said. (MORE)