American students participated in the Annual Peace March – “Remembering Srebrenica”, a commemorative peace walk organized in memory of the victims of the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide.
As a part of a summer study program, that AUBiH is organizing every year, students from 11 different universities from the United States of America, had the opportunity to pay their tribute to the victims of Srebrenica Genocide.
A key aspect of this visit was to introduce the study of the turbulent history of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the horrible crimes committed in Srebrenica.
During the March, the students also had the opportunity, through the historical lessons, to personally meet and hear the testimony of survivors and the participants of "Death March" from 1995.
A student from Rutgers University in New Jersey said that the experiences and stories from Srebrenica provoked a real emotional shock, both for her and for her classmates. "I heard many history lessons and stories about Srebrenica Genocide before, and this year I had the opportunity to experience it first hand. It was an emotional rollercoaster because we walked in the steps of the refugees of the Genocide in order to commemorate the victims. The walk was very exhausting, but a strong feeling of sadness and sympathy to the victims who on that same day, 21 years ago, passed the paths of hell, fighting for their lives, overcame every physical sensation of fatigue. Overall it was very heartbreaking experience."
The experiences from Srebrenica, they will remember for the rest of their lives. As they say, an indescribable experience, touching and emotional, that even after so many years sadness and pain is present in the air and the eyes of the people.