By: Robert McNeil, M.B.E.
This book is the story of author’s experiences as a forensic technician, gathering 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. ‘Grave Faces’ is unique in that it’s the first book written by an experienced technician who was involved in what has emerged as the most extensive forensic investigation in history. The book is based on the author’s personal experiences recorded as his memoire. Author is asking universal questions of humanity trying to understand the level of cruelty and barbarity perpetrated against so many innocent civilian men, women and children in a war of aggression against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.
Hard cover, Sewn, 312 pages
“Grave Faces is an exquisitely written, utterly compelling work of courage and precise skill. As Robert McNeil details his work as a forensic technician investigating the genocide in the Balkans every page demands our humility and that each of us face the worst of humanity and the apathy that leads to genocidal denial. Robert’s work is the work of justice – careful, difficult, pains taking, evidence laden, documented, presented, heard.”
Alison Phipps, UNESCO Chair for Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts, University of Glasgow.
“In this intimate and beautifully written book, Robert McNeil takes the reader with him as he journeys into the dark heart of the Bosnian genocide and crimes against humanity. As each chapter unfolds, the story of the most recent genocide to occur on European soil becomes clearer. It is a story of heartbreak, horror and heroism. The book captures the stories of the forensic scientists who worked tirelessly to reunite families with the shattered remains of their loved ones and to bring the perpetrators and genocide deniers to justice. It is a book that must be read by all those who wish to understand what humans are capable of when hatred and prejudice go unchallenged.”
Dr. Maureen Sier, Director, Interfaith Scotland