Bosnia’s Long Road to Peace
Photographs by Sara Terry. Afterword by Lawrence Weschsler.
Channel Photographics, New York, 2005. 240 pp.,
110 varnished four-color illustrations, 8 x 10 1/2”.
Aftermath: Bosnia’s Long Road to Peace explores the human costs and consequences of war. Since 2000, Sara Terry has documented the social, political and economic upheavals of Bosnia's struggle with the aftermath of a war marked by ethnic cleansing and the worst genocide since World War II. Though the world has seen remarkable images from that war, little has emerged from Bosnia since the tanks rolled out and the journalists went home. Sara Terry provides a powerful perspective on what happens when the violence has been stilled. Even though Bosnia’s bitter war ended in 1995, the country is still deep in the throes of rebuilding a civil society, clinging to the tenuous hope that the cycles of violence in its past will not threaten the nation’s future. Terry explores how Bosnians continue to deal with repercussions of war in their quest for a stable peace. This book pays witness to the exhumation and identification of approximately 20,000 victims of ethnic cleansing; the widows of Srebrenica, who lost more than 7,000 men to the July 1995 massacre by Serbs; refugee families who return to rebuild homes and villages destroyed in the war; the youth of Sarajevo; and the many Bosnians who bear the emotional and physical scars of war, including the 3K Sarajevo wheelchair basketball team. Throughout, Terry explores everyday life in Bosnia, searching for the moments that illumine the promise and the contradictions of a post-conflict society. In todays global community, issues of aftermath are increasingly relevant and urgent. War does not teach us about peace. That half of the tale unfolds only in its aftermath, where the painful and promising work of true peacekeeping begins.
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