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, 8x10½".
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 today’s 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