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The following images of Serb-run concentration camps near Prijedor in north-west Bosnia were taken from the archive of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at the Hague.
Here is a better quality of this image from the same source (images may be lighter or darker depending on how they were scanned and depending on the source they were scanned from, e.g. printed newspaper):
Death Whispers: Frightened Bosnian Muslim War Prisoners Voice Horror Behind the Pictures
By Peter Maass
16 August 1992.
OMARSKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina — When the camp guards looked in another direction, the prisoners at the Serb-run detention camp here broke into nervous whispers.
“There is no doctor here,” one of them breathed. “As soon as you get sick you are shot.” Read the rest of this entry »
9 August 1992.
ZAGREB, Croatia — A Bosniak [Bosnian Muslim] says a split-second decision to leap into a ravine saved his life while Serbs killed about 200 fellow prisoners and heaved their bodies down the slope.
“One of the bodies fell about five meters from me, so that the man’s brains were all over my chest,” said Semir, 24, who said he knew of just one other man who survived the massacre last month.
Semir asked The Associated Press not to photograph him or use his family name on the chance one of his brothers might also have survived the killing, which he said occurred Aug. 21 .
In Sarajevo, Bosnia’s Investigative Commission for War Crimes said it had “all the details” about the alleged massacre, including the names of the victims and those who killed them.
The Bush administration said Tuesday it also was investigating reports of the massacre.
Semir said Serbs caught him in mid-July near Prijedor in northern Bosnia and held him in a detention camp at the nearby Keraterm ceramics factory. He was later moved to a camp at Trnopolje. On Aug. 21, he said five buses came to the camp. Women and children were put in on one bus; men and teenage boys in the others. Read the rest of this entry »
By Mary Battiata
The Daily Gazette
28 September 1992.
Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina — A top police official in a Serb-controlled area of Bosnia has confirmed the Aug. 21 killing of dozens of Bosniak men and boys being taken by bus from the Serb-run Trnopolje concentration camp to promised safety in the Muslim-held city of Travnik.
“A certain number of the people who were heading for Travnik lost their lives that day,” Stojan Zupljanin, chief of security services here, said on Friday.
Zupljanin, a Serb who commands the 6,000-square-mile area that includes the steep canyon where the mass execution occurred, said “about 50 or more bodies” had been found. “I have information that there are [still] some corpses in that area,” he said, adding that the mountainous terrain in that area was slowing the investigation. Read the rest of this entry »
New Straits Times
2 October 1992.
SARAJEVO, Thurs. (Reuters) — Bosnia published figures today showing that six months of war produced a “massacre of the innocents” far worse than suspected.
Ten thousand children were listed as dead or missing by the Medical Crisis Centre which compiles statistics from across the former Yugoslav republic where Bosnian Serbs are fighting against Muslim [Bosniak] and Croat-led independence.
The figures showed a steep rise since last month to 14,364 killed and 57,000 missing, of whom many are also believed dead. Read the rest of this entry »