|Location||Ahatovići, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Date||14 June 1992 (Central European Time)|
|Target||Bosniak prisoners of war|
|Perpetrators||Army of the Republika Srpska|
Ahatovići massacre refers to a massacre, committed by the Army of the Republika Srpska, of 47 captured Bosniak soldiers from the village of Ahatovići, in the municipality of Novi Grad, Sarajevo during the Bosnian War.
Background[edit | edit source]
From 29 May 1992 to 2 June 1992, the village of Ahatovići was shelled by Bosnian Serb units from the Yugoslav National Army (JNA) barracks in the villages of Rajlovac and Butile. When the shelling stopped on 2 June 1992, the villagers were finally able to leave their shelters, and found that their homes had been burned to the ground. About 120 poorly-armed men from Ahatovići tried to mount a defence as best they could, but they were unable to resist the onslaught from Bosnian Serb infantry and artillery attacks for long. Those who had not been killed in the battle surrendered soon afterwards. The prisoners were then taken to the barracks in Rajlovac, where they were kept in a hangar for almost two weeks in inhuman conditions, being beaten and tortured on a regular basis.
Massacre[edit | edit source]
On 14 June, 56 prisoners from Ahatovići were ordered onto a bus. They were told that they were on their way to a prisoner exchange. The bus was stopped and the hostages, men between 17 and 63 years old, were told that the bus's radiator had boiled over and that they should lie face-down on the floor while water was fetched from a stream. According to survivors, Bosnian Serb gunmen then got off the bus, walked 30 yards up a stony hillside and opened fire on the vehicle with a bazooka and automatic weapons.
Aftermath[edit | edit source]
The Bosnian Serbs left without checking for survivors; the eight surviving Bosniaks waited for nightfall to escape through the forest to a nearby Muslim village, whose residents buried the victims of the massacre the following day. In 1996, about 50 victims were exhumed from a mass grave beneath a meadow in the village of Sokolina.
The atrocity was overlooked until 2001 when Dutch documentary maker Heddy Honigmann made a documentary about the massacre. The documentary was entitled Good Husband, Dear Son and visited the village. Survivors of the massacre and the families of the victims were interviewed about the war and their lives before and after.
See also[edit | edit source]
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References[edit | edit source]
- "Kutiljero pozvan da svedoči" (in Serbo-Croatian). 20 December 2012. http://www.b92.net/info/vesti/index.php?yyyy=2012&mm=12&dd=20&nav_category=64&nav_id=670703.
- "Atrocities Mount In Bosnia War". 22 June 1992. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1992-06-22/news/9202250324_1_bosnian-serbs-bosnia-war-serb-nationalist-forces.
- "Massacre Survivor Testifies". 9 November 2005. http://iwpr.net/report-news/massacre-survivor-testifies.
- "Bosnia Officials Dig Up Remains of 50 Muslims". 25 June 1996. http://articles.latimes.com/1996-06-25/news/mn-18237_1_muslim-men.
- "Bosnian Survivors Recount Brutality and Mass Slayings". 21 June 1992. http://www.nytimes.com/1992/06/21/world/bosnian-survivors-recount-brutality-and-mass-slayings.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm.
- "Giving Voice to Life's Emotion: A Documentarian's Calling". 25 September 2003. http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/25/movies/giving-voice-to-life-s-emotion-a-documentarian-s-calling.html.
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