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Bosnia: The Open Wound

The trial of the former Serb paramilitary commander Ratko Mladic has opened in The Hague. In Bosnia, the wounds of the Srebrenica massacre are far from healed.

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Bosnians are glad to see Mladic, one of the main perpetrators of the massacre, now on trial. But many still resent that the international community did not fulfill its responsibilities. In 1995, a Dutch UN peacekeeping unit failed tragically when, instead of protecting Muslim civilians, it delivered them to Mladic's paramilitaries. Last year, a Dutch court determined that the Netherlands were liable in three cases. The families of the victims are now hoping for compensation.