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Cedar Valley marks 20th anniversary of Bosnian genocide

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

In downtown Waterloo hundreds, including many from the Cedar Valley Bosnian community turned out to walk in memory of the 20th anniversary of the Bosnian genocide.

It was an opportunity for many to pay tribute to the 8,000 Bosnian Muslims killed in the genocide.

Thousands of Bosnian refugees now call Waterloo and the Cedar Valley their home, coming here in the years following their nation's civil war.

"It is important to people. But, it's just for 20-years, we've never held anything like this. It's extremely difficult to talk about and emotional. We have members in this community that have lost so many people due to this genocide. One of the woman here lost over thirty family members for example,"  said Anesa Kajtazovic.

People also tossed  flowers into the Cedar River in tribute to the more than 8,000 victims. The 1995 massacre is still the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II.

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