In the 1990s war in Bosnia, thousands of Muslim women were systematically raped as a tactic of ethnic cleansing. I Came to Testify is the story of 16 women who took the witness stand in an international court of law and changed the rules of war forever.
In this week’s podcast, Executive Producer Pamela Hogan speaks with Selma Leydesdorff, who just released a collection of oral histories from women who survived the massacre.
Foca was once known as the black hole of Bosnia because of it’s reputation for harboring war criminals. Now, the mayor is trying to remake the town as a tourist haven.
Cherif Bassiouni, known as the father of international criminal law, has investigated war crimes in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq and, more recently, Libya and Bahrain. He spoke to the Women, War & Peace producers about his childhood in Egypt, his experiences in war zones, his motivations and aspirations.
Imagine you’re a young woman from a small village in Bosnia. You’ve witnessed horrors most people could never even imagine, and you’ve been asked to fly half way across the continent to testify before an international court. You may need some convincing, and certainly coaching.
Matt Damon, narrator of Women, War & Peace Episode 1: “I Came To Testify” on why the themes of this series matter to men, too.
Bosnia’s Foca river valley was the site of some of the worst atrocities in the mid-1990s, when Bosnian Serbs executed and imprisoned Muslim and Croat civilians. Women, War & Peace visits the region 15 years on to interview Muslims who are finally returning to the area, as well as community leaders working to rebuild despite on-going ethnic tensions.
In Bosnia, the legacy of rape includes traumatized women and children conceived of violence.
From the Geneva Conventions to the passage of United Nations Resolution 1325, women’s rights under international law have emerged as a major policy priority.
Associate Producer Jessie Beauchaine writes from The Hague as our team visits the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.