U.S. Adorers of the Blood of Christ join the world community in marking an atrocity 20 years ago this week, in July 1995. That’s when thousands of Muslim men and boys were slaughtered in and around the town of Srebrenica during the Bosnian War.
The massacre of innocents by a Serbian paramilitary unit has been called the worst human rights atrocity in Europe since World War II. In addition, tens of thousands of Bosnian women, children and elderly were forcibly removed; women were raped.
Thousands of survivors of the Bosnian War ended up in St. Louis, where the International Institute and the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma have provided healing and psychological treatment for their trauma.
Last year, the Center alone provided mental health services to 46 survivors.
U.S. Adorers, namely Sisters Kate Reid and Fran Schumer, have been contributing to the mission of the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma as board members and volunteers for more than a decade. Sr. Kate also represents Bosnian survivors in immigration matters. Sr. Marilyn Janson for years has tutored Bosnian refugees in St. Louis who wanted to learn English.
The Adorers also hosted Bosnian War survivors for a day of respite at their center in Ruma, Ill.
Also, U.S. Adorers’ international sisters in Zagreb suffered during the Bosnian War.
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