The massacre at Srebrenica began 10 years ago this month, but its harsh aftermath went on and on. Thousands of Bosnian Muslim women and children became refugees, while their husbands and sons were tortured and executed.
In March 1997 WORLD visited a refugee camp of 20,000 to find, "Among the most tragic refugees are those who fled the Serb massacre at Srebrenica last July and now have no homes to which to return.
"About 150 of these refugees still inhabit one small, local school. In one section, 21 adults and 12 children reside in two classrooms filled with bunkbeds and wet laundry. They receive water for one hour in the early morning and must gather their own wood to fill a small stove that provides their only heat . . . some of the refugee women told WORLD they have not seen a doctor or any type of health worker since they first arrived here last fall. Dika Halilovic, one refugee mother, complained that the government-run pharmacy has no medicine for her two young children, and she is told to buy even aspirin from a private pharmacy. 'I came with nothing,' says Mrs. Halilovic, 'and I have nowhere to go.'"