Vol. 10, No. 1, December,
of Bosnia Honors the Life of Frank McCloskey
of Bosnia was deeply saddened by the passing of former Indiana
congressman Frank McCloskey, who died in early November at
age 64 after a year-long battle with bladder cancer. We mourn
his loss and send our best wishes to his family and friends.
Rep. McCloskey was a good friend and valuable ally of Friends
of Bosnia throughout the Bosnia crisis. He led the fight in
the House for legislation to lift the US arms embargo on Bosnia,
which, against all odds, passed in June 1994. Unfortunately,
he was rewarded with losing his reelection bid the following
November. But Rep. McCloskey never doubted his decision or
He made several trips to Bosnia during his years in Congress
and called in 1992 for selective air strikes against nationalist
Serb forces if they continued their siege of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
He later criticized the Clinton administration’s handling
of the Bosnian conflict, and called for the resignation of
then Secretary of State Warren Christopher, warning that nationalist
Serbs were committing genocide in Bosnia. Rep. McCloskey also
called for war crime trials for nationalist Serb leaders,
specifically Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, who was
ousted in 2000 and is currently on trial at the International
War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. Much of Rep.
McCloskey’s career after 1994 was spent trying to bring
stability to Bosnia and the Balkans.
Frank McCloskey was an honest politician who tried to do the
right thing. He was willing to sacrifice his political career
to help people with whom he had no personal connection. Rep.
McCloskey was a hero to Friends of Bosnia and to all who fought
for justice in the Balkans. He is survived by his wife of
more than 30 years, Roberta, and their two adult children.
the spring of 2002, Friends of Bosnia was approached by the
Brimmer and May School in Chestnut Hill, Mass., to see if
we would consider hosting a high school student from Bosnia
to work with us as an intern. A week later, Selma Duhovic
showed up at our door eager to begin.
Duhovic, who is from Gorazde, came to the United States with
her mother and brother just as the war was ending. They had
endured more than three years in the most isolated region
of Bosnia and were under intense siege for the entire war.
Tragically, Duhovic lost her father during the war, but she
did not lose her spirit nor her will to make a new life in
a new country.
After considering several ideas, Selma decided that she would
like to raise money to help her country. To do this, she sold
baked goods during a school fundraiser, raising $1000.
goodwill inspired Neda Chernack, of Belmont, Mass., to donate
$5,000 worth of medical supplies. Their combined effort assisted
FOB programs in Bosnia, where people are only now returning
to their former homes, with the medical supplies being delivered
by SFOR peacekeepers to medical centers in Prijedor and Srebrenica.
Kosovo Photo Documentary
2000, FOB produced a documentary photo exhibit, “Reconstructing
Kosovo,” that was conceived to help Americans understand
the war in Kosovo and the complex problems of postwar reconstruction
and reconciliation. The photographs and text present images
and stories of people who lived through 10 years of Serb oppression
followed by 78 days of a NATO air war. Now Kosovo is struggling
to survive as the economy falters, the long-term political
status of the province remains unresolved, and abuses against
minorities continue. Through the exhibit, individuals speak
out about their fears, hopes, and desires for the future,
providing powerful portraits of a nation scarred by ethnic
violence working toward peace.
After traveling to a dozen sites across the United States,
the exhibit was shown in Pristina in August 2003.
For more information about the exhibit, visit
from a War Hospital by FOB Board Member
Board Member Sheri Fink, M.D. has written an important new
book that reviewers have called “a moving account of
one of Europe’s worst modern tragedies” and “tough
and unforgettable…a lesson in courage.” The book,
War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival,
presents an account of the experiences of several young doctors,
who in April 1992 were trapped in Srebrenica and worked heroically
to keep the residents of the besieged city alive. Reviewer
David Rohde wrote of War Hospital, “This heroic
story of a small group of seemingly doomed doctors skillfully
raises questions about medical ethics, international aid,
and human nature itself. Humanity captured at its worst and
This gripping and thought-provoking book, which the author
spent five years researching, illuminates the moral and medical
challenges faced by the doctors — who were not surgeons
— and the life-and-death decisions they were forced
to make under terrible conditions. The book also follows the
doctors’ lives, as they struggle with personal as well
as professional issues against a backdrop of war.
War Hospital made its debut on August 12, 2003, in
bookstores around the country, and Fink has appeared on NPR,
CNN, and other major media promoting the work. Friends of
Bosnia held a book signing and reception with Fink in early
November, to celebrate the book’s release.
more information about War Hospital, visit www.warhospital.net.
Receives Pro Bono Legal Support
Palmer & Dodge, a leading Boston law firm, has been providing
pro bono support to FOB, helping with our name change and
other legal matters. Attorneys Amy Grunder and Michael Zucher
have been assigned to our account, and we are deeply grateful
to them for volunteering their time and effort!
the Good in Evil
Josef Tito’s granddaughter, Svetlana Broz, has written
a book about reconciliation in Bosnia and the heroic efforts
of people of different ethnicities to help their neighbors
during the war. In 1993, Dr. Broz, a cardiologist, began to
record the stories of people throughout Bosnia who witnessed
the bravery of people of different and “opposing”
ethnicities in helping their neighbors and strangers to survive
impossible situations. These stories form the heart of Good
People in an Evil Time.
The book’s introduction includes the following tribute
to the human spirit: “Human goodness is something we
take for granted under normal conditions. Often enough we
don’t even register it. In evil times when someone’s
survival depends…on someone else’s respect for
moral and ethical norms, only against a backdrop of countless
horrors does goodness gleam like a pearl in the sand, plucked
from a shell at the bottom of the sea.”
Good People in an Evil Time is available from Friends
of Bosnia. To order, send a check to FOB made out to Friends
Good People in an Evil Time
By Svetlana Broz
Translated by Ellen Elias Bursac
374 pages, hardbound
Plus $3.00 postage and handling (US delivery only)
For international orders, please inquire about postage before