The Bone Whisperers
Book Topics
Bosnia
Bosnian
Bosnia-Herzegovina
forensics
forensic anthropology
DNA samples
mass graves
genocide in Bosnia
Yugoslavian War
Serbs
Serbian
Slobadan Milosevic
Chetniks
Sarajevo
Krajina
Croat
Croatian
International Criminal Tribune for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Michalski Prize
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The Bone Whisperers

The 2022 recipient of the Jan Michalski Award for excellence in reporting on human rights issues by a European writer, The Bone Whisperers is an account of the author’s reporting and involvement over the course of several years with those whose delicate and morally essential task it has been to exhume and identify the victims found in mass graves throughout the war-torn regions of the world, particularly in Bosnia-Herzegovina as part of the ongoing process over the past two decades, led by the International Commission on Missing Persons, to recover and identify the remains and reunite the victims with their families.

Tervonen follows two women in particular involved in this extremely important yet heart-wrenching work; one, Senem, who has pioneered a method to match DNA from bone samples, and the other Darija, who tries to obtain blood samples from the survivors and their families to find a genetic match to that of the victims.

Book Topics
Bosnia
Bosnian
Bosnia-Herzegovina
forensics
forensic anthropology
DNA samples
mass graves
genocide in Bosnia
Yugoslavian War
Serbs
Serbian
Slobadan Milosevic
Chetniks
Sarajevo
Krajina
Croat
Croatian
International Criminal Tribune for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Michalski Prize

Reviews and Comments

  • The jurors granted the Jan Michalski Award to Taina Tervonen in recognition of the great sensitivity with which the author, in an incredibly powerful book, takes up the painful subject of mass graves in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

    Chairman of the Jan Michalski Award