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Bosnia After Genocide

Bosnia After Genocide:  Reckoning with the Destruction of Prijedor

 

On Tuesday, April 26, Fontbonne will host a joint presentation by Edin Ramulic, president of the Bosnian advocacy organization Izvor, and Ed Vulliamy, a noted journalist who covered the Bosnian genocide and who continues to advocate for survivors.  Both parts of this event are free and open to the public. 

  • 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.: Reception, north end of second floor hallway, Anheuser-Busch Building.  Refreshments will be served.  The exhibit Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide will be on display in the south end of the hall. 
  • 6:30 p.m.: joint presentation by Edin Ramulic and Ed Vulliamy, the Lewis Auditorium, lower Level of the Jack C. Taylor Library, Fontbonne University.

For more information about this event, please contact Ben Moore (bmoore@fontbonne.edu, 314-889-4553).

This event is sponsored by Fontbonne University’s Bosnia Memory Project in collaboration with the Union of Citizens of the Municipality of Prijedor and other members of the Prijedor Exhibit Consortium.  Special thanks to Amir Karadzic, Patrick McCarthy, Barbara Nwacha, Lucy Allen, and students in the Bosnian Immigration course.

For more information about the Bosnia Memory project, go to http://www.fontbonne.edu/bosnia

Edin Ramulic was born in the Bosnian city of Prijedor. During the war and genocide in Bosnia (1992-1995) eight members of his family were killed in the death camps Keraterm and Omarska.   In July of 1992, after a brief internment in the concentration camp Trnopolje, Mr. Ramulic joined a refugee convoy and escaped to free Bosnia.  Since the ending of the Bosnian war in 1995, Mr. Ramulic has been a tireless advocate for the victims and survivors of the Bosnian genocide.  As co-founder of the NGO Union Prijedor Source, he has collected evidence about the missing and the murdered, monitoring exhumation of remains and creating a victim database.  He has also organized photo exhibitions and written reports that have been used by Amnesty International and other human rights organizations.  In recent years, Mr. Ramulic has served as spokesperson and president of the NGO Izvor, which is dedicated to raising awareness about the crimes against women that were part of the Bosnian genocide. In 2010, at the Hague, Mr. Ramulic addressed the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia as representative of a variety of organizations working to excavate the remains of genocide victims in the former Yugoslavia.    

Ed Vulliamy is an award-winning journalist who has written for the British Newspapers The Observer and The Guardian.  In 1992, he was among the small number of journalists to report the discovery of the death camps Omarska and Keraterm and the concentration camp Trnopolje, all near the city of Prijedor; his exposure of these camps is credited with saving many lives.  In 1994, St. Martin’s Press published his book Seasons in Hell: Understanding Bosnia’s War.  Mr. Vulliamy has received the Foreign Correspondent of the Year Award (1992) and the James Cameron Award (1994); the British Press Awards has twice named him Foreign Reporter of the Year (1993 and 1997).  Since 1995, Mr. Vulliamy has returned regularly to Omarska to advocate for the memorialization of the genocide that was perpetrated there.  In 2007 in St. Louis, he gave the keynote address for the opening of the exhibit Prijedor: Lives of the Bosnian Genocide.  Mr. Vulliamy remains a personal friend of many of the survivors of Bosnia’s death camps and continues to write extensively on the Bosnian genocide and the perils of forgetting it.  See Neutrality and the Absence of Reckoning, by Ed Vulliamy, and a KWMU interview of Ed Vulliamy

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