On July 11th, 1995, in Srebrenica, Bosnia, 8,000 Muslim Bosniaks, mostly men, and boys, were killed by units of the Bosnian Serb Army of Republika Srpska. This event is considered the greatest massacre in Europe since the end of the Second World War. It has been repeatedly ruled by different international institutions that it constituted genocide, a crime under international law. Between 25,000 and 30,000 Bosniak women, children and elderly were deported.
Twenty years later, relatives are still waiting for unburied bodies to be identified. Most of the deported people never came back. Michel Slomka, a French freelance photographer, went to Srebrenica on several trips between 2010 and 2015. “Retour à la terre” (“The Way Back to Srebrenica”) is a series about Sadmir, 24, who decided to move back to Srebrenica in 2006. His father’s body was never found.
LensCulture contributor Laure Andrillon spoke with Slomka to learn more about this powerfully executed photo-documentary report. Continue reading.