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Born of Rape

March 29, 2011 | Kate Holt

During the war in Bosnia, rape was used as a weapon to terrorize and humiliate people and drive them from their homes. An estimated 20,000 to 50,000 women were raped during the conflict. This slideshow depicts some of the victims — both women who were raped and children born of that violence.

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  1. Miss HL says:

    Hello PBS
    I am a Canadian writer with a B.A in psychology and communications from York Universtiy in Toronto. Currently, I am living in Croatia and this story in Bosnia has affected me deeply. I would like to know more information about these orphanages or women’s groups that are in charge of caring for these people. I would like to help in any way I can. I am prepared to go to Bosnia at my own expense to interview or provide any assistance to victims. If you could email me some links or information I would be very grateful.
    Thank you

  2. NgyThanh says:

    Dear Miss HL:

    I am a former combat photographer for the AP during Vietnam War, who arrived the USA in late 1990. I am old and too sick now to join you but I am excited to see your efforts mentioned in your post about this issue.


    Currently, I am participating with THOI-BAO, (or TIME), a weekly publication in Vietnamese, and I am interested in following up your steps.
    Please get back to me and discuss of how I can share my limited time back here in Houston, TX to assist you in your projest.

    If there is something to prevent you from accepting my offer, please accept my best wishes for the success of your path.

    Thank you, and Gob bless.



  3. Medina says:

    Crying my eyes out watching the documentary :-( and what’s worse is the thought that my family went through this :-(

  4. James J. Braddock says:


    Did Angelina Jolie use (steal) this book (The Soul Shattering in English) written by the Bosnian-Croatian author James J. Braddock a.k.a Josip J. Knežević, as the story platform for her movie In The Land of Blood and Honey?

    Did she totally miss the truth and core of that genocidal war against Bosnia and her people?

    Why was she banned from filming in Bosnia by the most influental organization of women – victims of the war?

    Did she rewrite history and offended thousands of women and other innocent victims of the Serbian aggression on Bosnia & Herzegovina?

    Should American women and human rights organizations get involved?

  5. Eric says:


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