From Bosnia to Syria: the investigators identifying victims of genocide
Thousands of people are missing because of conflicts. But DNA advances now make it possible to identify bodies from mass graves, providing evidence to bring warlords to trial – and comfort to bereaved families. A harrowing special report
A worker inspects the personal belongings of victims whose bodies were exhumed from the Tomasica mass grave in Bosnia. Photograph: Amel Emric/AP
The dead body of the man in the blue T-shirt is covered in blood, and has been dumped in a line with tens of others in the courtyard of a building in Syria. In the colour photograph, the sun is shining down on the corpses, all of whom bear the marks of violence, some showing multiple bullet wounds.