The Bone Woman: Among the Dead in Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo (Main)
By: Clea Koff (author)Paperback
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To prosecute charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, one fact that must be established absolutely: are the bodies those of ordinary people, rather than combatants? Forensic anthropologists must answer this question by proving precisely who the victims were and how they were killed. In 1996, Clea Koff, a 23-year-old graduate student was sent to Rwanda by the U.N. to work with a small team exhuming victims of the genocide. The Bone Woman is a mesmerizing account of her four years of gruelling investigations into these, and other, murderous events - what she found in the Rwandan hills and in Srebrenica; how it affected her; and who went to trial based on evidence she collected - events which transformed her from an idealistic student to a war crimes veteran.
Clea Koff was born in England in 1972, and is the daughter of a Tanzanian mother and an American father. Her childhood was spent in England, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia and the United States. When she was only 23 years old, she was invited to be a forensic expert for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and was the youngest member of the very first team to arrive in Kibuye in 1996. Clea Koff participated in seven UN missions in Rwanda and Former Yugoslavia. She was Deputy Chief Anthropologist in the Tribunal morgue in Kosovo in 2000. Clea Koff is now based in Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia. The Bone Woman was published by Atlantic in 2004.
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