[Process of exhumation and identification of victims of the 1992-1995 war in the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina].

Authors:
Eva Elvira Klonowski
Eva Elvira Klonowski
Z Instytutu ds. Osób Zaginionych

Arch Med Sadowej Kryminol 2009 Jul-Sep;59(3):225-31

Z Instytutu ds. Osób Zaginionych, Sarajewo, Bośnia i Hercegowina.

Three and half years of war in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1992-1995 took lives of thousands of people. About 30,000 of them were accounted for and reported as missing. Fighting and ethnic cleansing took place throughout the country. In consequence bodies of killed persons were buried in endless number of clandestine mass graves, dumped into rivers, wells, septic tanks and caves, or simply left unburied in fields, meadows and forests. Therefore, it is essential to obtain information about the potential grave or graves, which allows their proper location. More than 20,000 victims were exhumed to the end of 2008. Unfortunately, majority of remains recovered from secondary graves represents either incomplete skeletons, not associated bones or bone fragments. In this situation, only a large-scale DNA testing, in the future, will answer for question how many people are victims of that war. It is predicted that process of exhumation and identification will be finished until 2015 year.
June 2010
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