Schuitmaker resolution honors Michigan Bosniaks and remembers Srebrenica tragedy

LANSING—The Michigan Senate on Thursday adopted Senate Resolution 163, proclaiming July 11, 2014 as Srebrenica Remembrance Day and the week of July 11, 2014 as Bosnia and Herzegovina Tribute Week in the state of Michigan.

Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker introduced the resolution to honor and remember the victims of the genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

“Thousands of Michigan Bosniaks were directly impacted by the horrors of what took place in Srebrenica,” said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “This is an important gesture to families whose lives were affected by the terrible tragedy and the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

During the Bosnian War, in July 1995 more than 8,000 Bosniaks were killed in Srebrenica in one of the worst atrocities to take place in Europe since World War II. The United States was one of the first countries to recognize the independence of the Republic Bosnia and Herzegovina. Significant support of the American public during the aggression against Bosnia resulted in the American intervention that stopped the war and further atrocities.

Thousands of Bosniaks moved from their homes in Bosnia and Herzegovina to Michigan in search of better lives after the aggression on their homeland in the early 1990s. Bosniak Americans are now settled in Holland, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Muskegon, Detroit, Flint, Hamtramck, Battle Creek, Big Rapids, Kentwood, the Grand Rapids area and other parts of Michigan.