Monday 18 December 2017

Karen Coleman: EU faces great danger if euro crisis is not resolved

IN July 1996 I travelled with three other journalists to a harrowing gravesite in eastern Bosnia. At the time, I was the BBC Bosnia correspondent and I was reporting on the aftermath of the Bosnian war. It was a conflict that pitted neighbours and families against one another and turned Bosnia into a massive killing field where ethnic cleansing, murder, rape and pillage ripped the country apart.

I used to hear stories of how formerly friendly male bank managers and teachers raided neighbours' homes and raped the mothers and daughters they had once dined and played with.

Back on that hot day in 1996, my colleagues and I parked our car on a narrow lane in a rural place called Crska which was near the town of Srebrenica. International physicians were exhuming a mass grave there and I had come to report on their work. The grave contained the bodies of Muslim men and boys from Srebrenica who, a year earlier, had been rounded up and executed by the Bosnian Serbs. The notorious Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic had orchestrated the fall of Srebrenica: a crime of genocide for which he is now facing trial.

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