Sarajevo, Bosnia - 1992: Shrapnel wounds on the face of a frightened boy in a hospital during the siege of Sarajevo in 1992. (Photo by Tom Stoddart/Getty Images Reportage)
An international criminal court in The Hague, Netherlands, today convicted Radovan Karadzic, the former leader of the breakaway Bosnian Serb Republic, of 10 counts related to Bosnian War and siege of its capital, Sarajevo. The charges include extermination, persecution, forcible transfer, terror and hostage-taking during Karadzic’s four-year rule.
He was also convicted of one of two genocide counts connected to the murder of approximately 8,000 Bosnians at Srebrenica in 1995.
Reportage photographer Tom Stoddart traveled to Sarajevo before the start of the war to document the the breakup of Yugoslavia; his resulting work was published around the world. Returning a year later for The Sunday Times Magazine of London, Tom was seriously injured in heavy fighting around the Bosnian Parliament buildings. In 1993, having recovered from his injuries, Tom returned to Sarajevo to report on the hardship of life in the city during a freezing winter under siege. This trip cemented Tom’s interest in a city that he returned to several times up until the Dayton Peace Accord in 1995, and well after.
The Srebrenica Massacre, which is also commonly known was the Srebrenica Genocide, was the genocide of approximately 8,000 Bosniak men and children in Srebrenica in Bosnia. It was committed by the Army of Republika Srpska during the Bosnian War and was the worst act of mass murder in Europe since WWII. Around 5,600 victims of the massacre have been identified thanks to DNA analysis.