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St. Louis Bosnians mark anniversary

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis, MO. – In 1995, Serb forces murdered nearly 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the Srebrenica, even though the U.N. had declared it a safe area.

Bosnians in St. Louis will mark the 10th anniversary of the massacre Saturday with a day-long gathering at the Missouri History Museum.

St. Louis is home to an estimated 50,000 Bosnians-many of them survivors of the Srebrenica massacre.

Among them is Juso Jasarevic. He escaped that city as it fell to Serbs in July of 1995.

"I didn't think anything was going to happen in Srebrenica," Jasarevic said through his daughter Mina's interpretation. "I thought it was all guarded. But out of nowhere they attacked."

A daylong commemoration Saturday at the Missouri History Museum will feature survivor testimony, a discussion on efforts to identify victims, and a memorial service.

It begins at 10 a.m. at the history museum in Forest Park.

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