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Image of the discovery of a new mass grave at Perucac Lake

Excavations of a new mass grave discovered at Perucac Lake. Muhamed Mujkic.

Back in Sarajevo. I call in on Muhamed Mujkic, who co-directed the Memorial Room film with the British documentary maker Leslie Woodhead, at his office at the Federation for Missing Persons.  His job is to document the excavations of mass graves found in Bosnia – something he has now done for 15 years.   Last year a new mass grave was found–when a damming project at Perucac Lake caused a river bed to yield up its terrible secret – their work is far from over.   

Image of excavations of a mass grave discovered at Perucac Lake

Excavations of a new mass grave discovered at Perucac Lake. Muhamed Mujkic.

The walls of their office are covered with photos of the team at work – including one of their chief wearing a miner’s lamp as he examines human remains discovered in a deep cave.  And there’s one of Bill Clinton – deep in thought during an official visit to Potocari. 

I also meet Vedrana Durakovic who until recently was an intern at the United States Institute for Peace, who is writing a thesis on the Srebrenica Memorial Room.  We have corresponded a fair bit.  She has now moved back to her native Bosnia.  I learn a lot about the Institute – its website has well-researched section on the building of memorials in post-conflict zones.

Image of President Clinton during an official visit to Potocari

President Clinton during an official visit to Potocari. Muhamed Mujkic.

 

 

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