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[Prishtina-E] More about Serbian patriotism and morale

Dardan Blaku dardan at
Wed Apr 26 20:41:27 EDT 2000

'Serbs Raped Me 150 Times in 6 Weeks' 
April 26, 2000 

THE HAGUE - A 35-year-old rape victim Tuesday told the Yugoslavia war crimes tribunal she had been forced by Serb soldiers to have sex more than 150 times during 1.5 months of detention. 
"Witness No 95" went further than any other witness in corroborating the contention by prosecutors that rape was an explicit element of Serb military strategy during the Bosnian war. 

"I'm proud to be here. Let the world know what they did," she told the UN court at the Hague. 

She said Serb soldiers were authorised to have sex with prisoners "to have better morale on the battlefield". 

At least 20,000 women on all sides were raped during the Bosnian war, according to a 1993 European Community investigation. The most notorious systematic sexual assaults took place in the so-called "rape camps" in the eastern Bosnian city of Foca. 

In the spring of 1992, Serb fighters over-ran Foca and surrounding villages and rounded up Muslim women who had fled into forests as their homes were shelled and set ablaze. 

Witness No 95 was separated from her husband, taken with her 18-month-old daughter, three-year-old son and scores of other women, and detained at a high school and later a sports hall. 

She said she was removed from the detention areas each day and night and raped in classrooms and apartments before she was released in August 1992 and evacuated by the International Committee of the Red Cross. 

Dragoljub Kunarac, Radomir Kovac and Zoran Vukovic are charged with rape, torture and enslavement as war crimes and crimes against humanity. All have pleaded innocent. 

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