Ahead of the anniversary of the killings of 45 Kosovo Albanians in Recak/Racak in 1999 - a massacre that helped motivate NATO’s bombing of Yugoslavia - the son of a woman shot that day explains how her body was never found.
In the latest in the Forgotten Victims series, BIRN asks why there have been no convictions for the brutal abuse and murders of prisoners detained by Bosnian Serb forces at a school in the town of Bratunac in May 1992.
They are Muslims like the majority of Kosovo Albanians, and speak a similar language to Serbs, but Kosovo’s minority Bosniaks have encountered discrimination, violence and poverty as they endeavoured to survive the turbulent wartime and post-war.
The 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacres is a particularly distressing time for people whose loved ones disappeared in July 1995 but whose remains have not yet been found, identified and laid to rest in proper graves.
Samir Mehic, a Bosnian guitarist nicknamed Bowie after his musical hero, was the rock’n’roll bard of wartime Srebrenica, but was killed in the July 1995 massacres alongside thousands of other men and boys from the town.
The latest in BIRN’s Forgotten Victims series examines how families were imprisoned, men killed and women raped at a Bosnian Serb-run detention camp near Zvornik in 1992 - until a teenage girl’s intervention led to the prisoners being freed.