12-year-old Bosniak Girl Describes Rape by Serb Soldiers
Daily News, p.2
12 December 1992.
ZAGREB, Croatia — The Serbian fighters who have seized large parts of Bosnia-Herzegovina are being accused of systematic rape against captured Bosniak [Bosnian Muslim] women and girls.
The accusations, by Bosnian officials, foreign activists and by the victims themselves, have mounted along with reports of murders, beatings and forced relocations of civilians in the war-torn country.
In one account, Vazima Visovic, a slender, 12-year-old Bosniak girl, described her ordeal last summer in a Serbian camp for women in Foča, southern Bosnia.
“We were kept there for 27 days and got almost nothing to eat. The Chetniks [Serbian soldiers] beat us, abused us and raped us, including me,” she said, her stony voice sounding agonizingly adult.
“They were coming night and day, always in groups of two or three, and took us to apartments — me, my mother and another woman. One man raped all three of us. … I was always raped by two or three.”
2,000 Bosnians Pregnant by Rape
Kingman Daily Miner, p.14,
28 January 1993
GENEVA (AP) — At least 300 babies have been given up by women raped during the ethnic war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, according to a European Community report.
The report, released Tuesday, cited information from representatives of the mosque in the Croatian capital of Zagreb, who have been caring for refugees.
Officials at the mosque also said they knew of 2,000 women pregnant as a result of rape.
The whereabouts of the 300 babies, who are considered Bosnian, was not specified. But officials have said some such infants are receiving care in Croatia, while a team of lawyers studies their situation.
Bosnian Serb fighters have been accused of raping Muslim women as part of a campaign of terror to clear whole areas of non-Serbs. There are allegations of rape camps set up by Serb irregulars.