Prijedor - the sequel to genocide

Monday, 06 October, 2003: Isabelle Wesselingh and Arnaud Vaulerin
The authors of an important new book on the war in Bosnia introduced a wide-ranging and lively discussion on the terrible events of 1992 in Western Bosnia (the ethnic cleansing, the camps); on the trials of some of the perpetrators at the Hague tribunal; on the attempts of some survivors to return to their prewar homes in and around Prijedor; and on the role of the international community, then and now.

Isabelle Wesselingh has been Agence France Presse correspondent in the Netherlands since 1999, where she has followed the war crimes trials at the ICTY. She has also reported on the postwar situation in Bosnia for the French daily La Croix. Arnaud Vaulerin is a journalist working for the French daily Liberation, and has covered the postwar situation in Bosnia, Kosova and Albania for a number of French-language media, including La Croix. Their book La Memoire a vif (Living memory) will be published on 3 October 2003 in France and Switzerland by Buchet Castel, with a preface by Elie Wiesel and a foreword by BI Consultant Paul Garde.

Drawing above all on the first-hand accounts of survivors of the deportations and massacres of 1992 in Prijedor and its region, the book seeks 'not just to reconstruct what happened, but above all to understand'. In the publisher's words: 'Combining as it does reportage, research and analysis, while allowing a wide gamut of participants - refugees, camp survivors, former war criminals, international officials - to speak for themselves, the book succeeds in making accessible to a broad readership an issue crucial for the future not just of former Yugoslavia, but of Europe as a whole.'
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