Rohde's Journey 1995
The United States releases satellite photo of suspected
mass graves. Site at Nova Kasaba village shows freshly turned earth.
Rohde goes to Bratunac to find a soccer stadium reported to be the site
of a massacre. He finds graphic evidence, but no mass graves.
Rohde returns to Belgrade to obtain a copy of the satellite photo
from Bowers and to speak with intelligence experts.
Rohde finds mass graves, a decomposed leg and Muslim documents near
the Bosnian Serb-held village of Nova Kasaba.
Rohde's first story runs in The Christian Science Monitor describing
Srebrenica massacre site near Nova Kasaba and the Bratunac soccer stadium.
Rohde spends two weeks in Muslim-held territory interviewing
massacre survivors in refugee camps that hold 30,000 people who had fled Srebrenica.
September - October:
Rohde goes to Coratia and the Netherlands to investigate
why UN military leaders refused to protect Srebrenica, a UN safe area, and
why Dutch peacekeepers destroyed evidence of executions.
Series of Rohde stories detail nine accounts of massacre survivors.
Rohde presents more evidence that Nova Kasaba was the site of a massacre.
The story reports that the United States did not release all spy photos of
Rohde details failure of Dutch peacekeepers to protect Bosnian Muslims.
Rohde establishes that Milosevic either ordered massacres of Bosnian
Muslims or that he did nothing to stop them. Rohde also reports that Bosnian
soliders poisoned streams to capture Muslim men fleeing Srebrenica.
Rohde returns to Serb-controlled area and finds two mass graves at
an execution site near Sahanici. Rohde also sees human remains and other evidence
of massacres. Serbs arrest Rohde, charge him with espionage and detain him
for 10 days.
Rohde is released from prison.
Rohde reports on U.S. admission that it did not give all evidence
it had of mass executions to the UN War Crimes Tribunal. The evidence included
a cane, crutch and jackets found at two sites in Sahanici.