March 8, 2013
NUSRETA SIVAC, a Muslim Bosnian woman, is seen during the interview with The Associated Press in Sanski Most, 260 kms west of Sarajevo on March 5. Sivac, a former judge, was one of thousands of women who were raped during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war, as part of a systematic Bosnian Serb rape campaign. After the war, Sivac began collecting testimonies of other rape victims with a view to making a UN war crimes court in The Hague recognize it as a war crime. Today, largely because of Sivac, people are regularly prosecuted for wartime sexual violence. According to the UN, between 20,000 to 50,000 Bosnian women were raped , many in special rape camps , during the war that was fought between the new country's Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks.
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PRIJEDOR, Bosnia-Herzegovina — There were days when she prayed for a bullet to end her suffering. When she thought she was dying of a heart attack, she whispered “Thank you God.”