The extraordinary story of how a team of international forensic scientists pioneered ground-breaking DNA technology to identify the bodies of thousands of victims of the Yugoslav Wars, and how their work is now giving justice to families from Iraq to Bosnia What it would be like to be tasked with finding, exhuming from dozens of mass graves, and then identifying the mangled body-parts of an estimated 8,100 victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in eastern Bosnia? A leading forensic scientist likened it to "solving the world's greatest forensic science puzzle," and in 1999 one DNA laboratory, run by the International Commission on Missing Persons in Sarajevo, decided to do just that. Thirteen years on, the ICMP are the international leaders in using DNA-assisted technology to assist in identifying the thousands of persons worldwide missing from wars, mass human-rights abuses and natural disasters. Christian Jennings, a foreign correspondent and former staffer at the ICMP, tells the story of the organization, and how they are now gatheringforensic evidence ofthose killed in Libya and Iraq,and tracing the victims of brutal regimes in Chile and Colombia.He describes too how they helped identify the victims of Hurricane Katrina and theIndian Oceantsunami, in this moving and fast-paced story about the power of science to bring justice to broken countries.
Now usedas evidence at war crimes trials in The Hague,the technology described in Bosnia's Million Bones is an amazing story of modern science, politics,and the quest for truth. It is real-life CSI in action.
Christian Jennings is an investigative journalist who has written for Wired,The Economist and Reuters, among others, from countries including Rwanda, Kosovo, Somalia, Burundi and Bosnia. He is the former Communications Director at the ICMP, the international forensic science organization, founded by Bill Clinton,that uses advanced DNA technology to identify persons missing from conflicts worldwide. He has also been investigating and covering the hunt for Ratko Mladic and other major war-criminals in the Balkans since 1999, and splits his time between Sarajevo, Bosnia and Turin, Italy.
Chapter One: How Does a Country Recover After a Genocide? Chapter Two: Separating the Men from the Women and Children Chapter Three: How the Killers Tried to Hide the Evidence Chapter Four: Digging up the Evidence of Mass Murder Chapter Five: First Stop - DNA Chapter Six: Building a Human Identification System Chapter Seven: The Wind of Change in Serbia Chapter Eight: The World of the Missing, Post-9/11 Chapter Nine: The Dead of World War II Chapter Ten: Rule of Law, Not Rule of War Chapter Eleven: Ratko Mladic's Last Request - Fresh Strawberries and Tolstoy Chapter Twelve: From Srebrenica to Kurdistan, Brazzaville and Libya