Attempts to exhume and identify bodies from mass graves.

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(10 Jul 2001)
1. Wide of Tuzla morgue
2. Close up entry for refrigerated morgue
3. Pan inside body bags lined up on levels
4. Close up body bags
5. Tracking shot of the hundreds of body bags
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Zlatan Sabanovic, Tuzla pathologist
«The problem is the secondary mass graves. In many of these graves Serbs overrun the bodies with bulldozers and some body parts were taken to other locations. It is difficult to identify the bodies and connect its body parts. We have 4419 body bags here, but only three thousand bodies. We have identified only 128. We have to wait for the results of the DNA testing.»
7. Wide of pathologist examining the bodies
8. Close up of man washing the bones
9. Wide of DNA laboratory
10. Close up experts taking samples
11. Close up of test results
12. Wide of Mihatovici refugee settlement near Tuzla
13. Woman with children sitting outside house
14. Close up of children
15. SOUNDBITE: (Bosnian) Habiba Gusic
«I think that we have to put names on the graves of our men. It is good that we are going to Srebrenica to mark the anniversary, but life cannot really start again until the graves of our men have names on them.»
16. Various of the refugees
17. Wide of mass grave site in Zvornik
18. Close up pit from which remains were exhumed
19. Wide of Srebrenica anniversary site
20. Various of American SFOR vehicles parked in front
21. Wide of security around the site
Investigators from the International War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague have found a mass grave containing more than 200 bodies believed to be victims of the Srebrenica massacre which happened during the Bosnian war six years ago.
The bodies of the victims, which were discovered over the last few days, are being kept in a newly-built Tuzla morgue.
Zlatan Sabanovic, the morgue’s pathologist, claims many bodies of Srebrenica victims have not been identified because Serbs who are blamed for the massacre have tried to cover up their atrocities.
More than eight thousand Bosnian Muslim men are estimated to have been summarily executed following the fall of the UN protected «safe» area of Srebrenica to the Bosnian-Serb Army on July 11th 1995.
The International Committee of the Red Cross continues to list some seven thousand people from Srebrenica as missing.
The Bosnian Commission for Missing Persons and the Tribunal have so far exhumed over four thousand human remains in the area, out of whom only about 100 have been identified.
The International Commission for Missing Persons (ICMP) started a «Podrinje Identification» project in Tuzla and built one of the most sophisticated DNA laboratories in Europe.
Staff at the lab are working 24 hours a day to identify human remains from mass grave pits in Srebrenica.
Five years after the war, Srebrenica survivors live in difficult conditions in refugee settlements outside of Tuzla and in suburbs of Sarajevo.
They say there is no peace for them until the victims are buried properly.
On Wednesday, the 6th anniversary of Srebrenica massacre, a marble stone with the inscription «Srebrenica, July 1995» will be unveiled to mark the site where victims will be reburied.
Few Muslim families from Srebrenica escaped unscathed and almost all of them have suffered the death or disappearance of several close relative.
Habiba Gusic, 62, lost her husband and five other close relatives.
Her husband’s body was never found and she says Muslim families will only rest when there are names on the graves of their men.

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