Nearly 20 years after serving as part of SFOR in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brandon Erdmann revisits this land of contrasts- of beauty and tragedy- on the 2017 Peace March from Tuzla to Srebrenica. In this piece for PCRC, he reflects on his experience during the march and the July 11th Srebrenica commemoration. An extended version of this piece will be forthcoming on Balkan Diskurs.
On 31 May 1992, just 25 years ago today, Bosnian-Serb forces issued a decree that called for all non-Serbian civilians to mark their houses and arms with white cloth. The marking of all non-Serbians with a physical symbol of difference would later be understood as the expression of intention to commit genocidal acts. Tens of thousands of individuals bearing this marker were sent to the now infamous Omarska, Keraterm, and Trnopolje concentration camps.