Last month, Reuters photographer Dado Ruvic traveled to many of the former mass graves where bodies were dumped. He found that many were overgrown, some scattered with trash and shards of glass. The sites are unassuming, but a sinister history lurks below the grassy surfaces. “Even though it happened 20 years ago, the wounds are still raw,” Ruvic said in an e-mail.
Ruvic spoke with victims who were torn from their families, including one woman who found two of her husband’s bones and whose son is still missing.
“The hardest part wasn’t hearing these stories, because as a photojournalist I am very used to dealing with death and destruction. It was seeing the pain, sorrow, anger and crushed hope in people’s eyes,” Ruvic said.