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Intern Heroes – Ajka Smajlović and Zoran Pantić

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 in Blog, Intern Heroes

Even though he is a Serb who lived in a town where Serbian Army took over, it still wasn’t easy for him either. His friends were banished, some killed, others he didn’t see for many years until war was over or longer, and the fact that he was married to a Bosnian Muslim woman brought problems…

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Intern Heroes – Jasmin Odobašić

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 in Blog, Intern Heroes

On Monday, August 12th the PCRC interns had the chance to meet Mr. Jasmin Odobašić, who has been working with the National Commission for Missing Persons since 1994. He has been largely responsible for the recovery of 4223 bodies from the Bosnian War, making him the country’s most successful finder of remains…

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PCRC at International Week of Memory

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 in Blog

PCRC recently returned to Srebrenica to partake in the final day of The International Week of Memory, organised by the Alexander Langer Foundation in collaboration with the Association Tuzlanska Amica…

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Trnopolje & Omarska – PCRC Trip 2013

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 in Blog

In 1992, as the Bosnian War was unfolding, the northern opstina of Prijedor became a focus point for the efforts of the Bosnian Serb forces. Although the municipality was home to over 49000 Bosnian Muslims (43% of its population), it’s capture was deemed vital to the Serb cause, as it would serve as a corridor between Serbia proper and the Croatian Krajina, which was until 1995 controlled by Serbs in Croatia.

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Srebrenica: 18 Years On

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 in Blog

P-CRC special report on a painful anniversary l July 11th marked the 18th anniversary of the start of mass killings in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, a monstrous event that shocked the world and is regarded as the worst case of European genocide since the end of the Second World War. An estimated 8,373 Bosnian Muslims, mainly men and boys, were taken by the forces of the Army of Republika Srpska, under the command of Ratko Mladić, and brutally murdered in the fields, forests and sheds in and around Srebrenica. As with every year since that horrific massacre, this year hundreds of remains from Srebrenica have been uncovered and identified, ending nearly two decades of miserable waiting for so many families. 409 previously lost souls have been ‘found’ and were buried at the Srebrenica Memorial Center and Cemetery in Potočari on Thursday July 11th 2013. On Tuesday, July 9th, the remains of the 409 victims began their slow and sad journey to Potočari at the Presidential Palace in the heart of Sarajevo. Slowly the procession moved through the city, eliciting prayers and many tears from the respecting onlookers and mourners, lining the sides of Maršala Tita, one of the city’s main thoroughfares. Philip Farrell, Alix Genetay and Daniel Merton of the Post-Conflict Research Center were in attendance as the three trucks carrying the remains moved past the Monument for Killed Children. Paying our respects, we felt the enormous gravity of the situation and it was impossible not be moved by the show of utter sorrow from the people around us. Across from us on the street stood family members of the victims, all of them holding pillow cases onto which they had sewn in the names of their loved ones who they lost all those years ago. It was very sad and the mood was extremely heavy. None of us will ever forget the site of the girl who stood next to us, tears streaming down her face and a short prayer written in biro on the palm of her left hand. Two days later, along with P-CRC founder Velma Šarić and Canadian photo-journalist Yves Choquette, we drove to Eastern Bosnia to attend this year’s...

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Intern Heroes – Ivana Mostarac

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 in Blog, Intern Heroes

Ivana Mostarac is a war veteran from the Siege of Sarajevo who is responsible for developing the city’s first database of children killed during the War. She also runs her own NGO which aims to educate a generation of young Sarajevans on issues affecting their country today…

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