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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best book magazine in the UK“, as Ukraine and Palestine bring focus to the consequences of conflict, in Grave Faces, Robert McNeil shares his evidence of war crimes and genocide in Bosnia and Kosovo between 1996 and 2002.
In Robert McNeil’s harrowing biography, Grave Faces, he shares the details of his role in the most extensive international forensic investigation ever conducted by the United Nations.
Eloquent and detailed, McNeil takes readers back to the armed conflict that lasted three years and led to a genocide that killed more than 100,000 people. Without shying away from the dark requirements of his role, he details the courageous stories of the ordinary people of Srebrenica, making this biography a truly unforgettable read.
While working as a forensic technician, McNeil gathered evidence of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in Bosnia and Kosovo from 1996 to 2002, during the most extensive international forensic investigation in history conducted by the United Nations. The first book written by an experienced technician who was involved in that investigation, McNeil shares his work with the majority of the victims from Srebrenica, but he also with victims murdered in the notorious concentration camps around Prĳedor, as well as mass graves in Krusha Madhe and Prizren.
While this book is significant for all ordinary readers interested in the Balkans, forensic studies and justice, as well as Bosnia and Kosovo, it will appeal to those interested in the development of international law and justice, contemporary genocide studies and post-war and reconciliation studies. The significance of this publication has ensured its recent placement in Glasgow University’s Library Collection, the National Library of Kosovo and numerous libraries within the US.
McNeil explained why he is donating all the proceeds from the sale of this book to the Association of Women Victims of War (Sarajevo):
Up to 50 thousand mainly Muslim women were reportedly raped in Bosnia during the 1992-1995 war, and the Association is their only support.
I believe because of current alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide being perpetrated in Ukraine, Palestine and other parts of the world, that the investigation of the genocide in Bosnia may be of interest to the public.”
Robert McNeil, MBE, FAAPT, is a Glasgow-based painter and now an Affiliate Artist for UNESCO’s Refugees Integration through Language and the Arts. Following his retirement from a long career as an Anatomical Pathology Technologist (APT), he wrote the book “Grave Faces” detailing his experiences while gathering evidence of genocide in Bosnia and Kosovo.
From 1996 until 2009, McNeil was invited to form part of National and International Forensic teams that were tasked with providing physical and scientific evidence of terrorist attacks in the UK and Ireland, war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in war zones in the Balkans and in Africa. McNeil also assisted in the identification of hundreds of British and Australian soldiers killed and buried in mass graves in France during WWI. He also recovered, helped identify and repatriate victims of the 2005 South East Asia tsunami in Thailand. For his work, McNeil was awarded the British MBE by then HRH Prince Charles in 1999.
He retired in 2009 and took up painting to help him deal with PTSD. He is currently an Ambassador for Remembering Srebrenica UK.
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Published by Behar Publishing, Grave Faces is available in the UK in hardcover (ISBN No: 978-1-7371718-2-9) priced at £27.89 and paperback priced at £16.75 from the publisher’s website at https://tinyurl.com/yck9tart
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