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Fri 17 Feb 2012 22:00 BBC Radio 5 live

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Friday 17 February 2012

In an emotional journey Bob Stewart, MP, meets the people who many years later are struggling to cope with the aftermath of the bloody conflict.

As prosecutors prepare the case against Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb military commander accused of masterminding a string of atrocities against local population, Bob talks to the victims who've been left behind.

It's estimated around one hundred thousand people died in the fighting, making it the most devastating conflict in Europe since the Second World War.

In this powerful documentary Bob re-visits the scene of the 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men in the town of Srebrenica .

Local people tell how they feel the world has forgotten them and that they are forced to live side-by-side with their former enemies on a daily basis.

Bob returns to the capital Sarajevo the scene of a long and bitter campaign of shelling and sniper attacks.

Dutch soldiers sent to protect the local population in Srebrenica tell how they felt ill-equipped and helpless in the face of an overwhelming onslaught by Bosnian Serb forces and how they are still trying to cope with feelings of guilt and depression.

And in a final twist, Bob returns to the town of Ahmici, where he discovered a massacre that first alerted the world to the horrors of the war.

  • Fallen colleague remembered

    Fallen colleague remembered

    Colonel Bob Stewart is speaking at the bridge naming ceremony in Gornji Vakuf, where his driver L/Cpl Wayne Edwards was killed as he escorted an ambulance across the bridge in 1993.

  • Memorial plaque

    Memorial plaque

    Colonel Bob Stewart with the memorial plaque for Royal Welch Fusilier L/Cpl Edwards who was the first of 53 British servicemen and women to be killed in the war from 1992 to 1995.

  • Srebrenica memorial stone

    Srebrenica memorial stone

    Colonel Bob Stewart visits the Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial and Cemetery.

  • Srebrenica memorial room

    Srebrenica memorial room

  • Srebrenica anniversary stone

    Srebrenica anniversary stone

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