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The war in Bosnia-Herzegovina produced an estimated three million refugees.

Estimates of the number killed in Bosnia-Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995 range from nearly 100,000 to 250,000. Of those, at least 27,000 Bosnian Muslim civilians died as a result of ethnic cleansing. As of October 2007, more than 13,000 people remain missing.

In Prijedor, some 53,000 Bosnian Muslims and Croats were killed or deported in 1992 alone. The number killed is not known; it is likely in excess of 5000.

Many of the perpetrators of genocide in Bosnia remain unpunished. To this date, Radovan Karadzic, the wartime president of Republika Srpska, and Ratko Mladic, the chief military commander, remain at large.

Prijedor remains part of Republica Srpska. Its Muslim and Catholic populations have been decimated, though some of those displaced are slowly returning to rebuild old neighborhoods. Many of the perpetrators of crimes in Prijedor remain in key business and governmental positions. They continue to profit from “ethnic cleansing.”

The Bosnian Diaspora now numbers more than 1 million people—nearly a quarter of Bosnia’s pre-war population. Approximately 400,000 Bosnians live in the U.S. Some 50,000 live in St. Louis, making it one of the largest Bosnian communities outside of Bosnia.


1991 1993 Reduction New Arrivals
Serbs 47,745 53,637 --- 5,892
Muslims 49,454 6,124 43,350 ---
Croats 6,300 3,169 3,131 ---
Others 8,971 2,621 6,350 ---

U.N. statistics showing the reduction of Muslim and Croat populations in Prijedor between 1991 and 1993.

 

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