Bijeljina: Ground Zero of Ethnic Cleansing

These days mark the twentieth anniversary of the beginning of the Bosnian war. A key early moment was the brutal assault on the Muslim population of the northeastern town of Bijeljina.

On the Oxford University Press blog is an opinion piece on this, and its relationship to the themes of Bosnia Remade.

Here’s a photo, featuring Carl and Ramajana, of the stall described in the piece.

Here is video of the destruction of the mosques of Bijeljina.

And some photos I took of the location of the central square mosque in July 2002 (featuring Carl) and the same space three years later on 3 July 2005.

Here’s the municipal building with the Serbian flag in 2005.

And a link to an excellent Human Rights report on the town: Unfinished Business: Return of Displaced Persons and Other Human Rights Issues which was released in May 2000. It features an account of the ethnic cleansing of the town.

Zvornik was next and is recounted here in this video excerpt from The Death of Yugoslavia.

About Dr Gerard Toal

Irish born academic living in Washington DC researching geopolitical competition and territorial conflicts in post-Communist Europe. Author of CRITICAL GEOPOLITICS (1996), BOSNIA REMADE (w C Dahlman) and NEAR ABROAD: PUTIN, THE WEST AND THE CONTEST OVER UKRAINE AND THE CAUCASUS (Oxford University Press, 2017).
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