"The Bone Woman" by Clea Koff Book Review by Suzannah

"The Bone Woman" by Clea Koff
Reviews "The Bone Woman: A Forensic Anthropologist's Search for Truth in the Mass Graves of Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo" (2004) by Clea Koff, a forensic anthropologist.
# 147575 | 1,320 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | FR


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This paper explains that Clea Koff, a forensic anthropologist wrote "The Bone Woman: A Forensic Anthropologist's Search for Truth in the Mass Graves of Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo" (2004) based on her journal written while working with the U.N. international criminal tribunal. Next, the author highlights the sections about Rwanda especially Kibuye and Kigali, and the areas of Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia. The paper concludes that, although the book is written with clarity, simplicity and compassion, there is too much focus on issues, such as lack of equipment, office politics and co-workers' feuds, thus almost losing sight of the original purpose of the book.

Table of Contents:
Introduction
The Search for Truth
Rwanda: Kibuye and Kigali
Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia:
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"It was Clea Koff's passion for justice and truth that led her to become a forensic anthropologist. The daughter of Tanzanian-born Msindo Mwinyipembe and David Koff, an American, Koff's parents were documentary filmmakers who focused on human rights, often taking their daughter with them as they traveled the world. Koff was a 23-year old graduate when she joined the small team of UN scientists heading for Rwanda. Their mission was to exhume the bodies of victims caught up in the genocide that had taken place in Rwanda in order to provide evidence that would bring to perpetrators to justice, and to identify the victims so that relatives would finally know what had happened to their loved ones."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Koff, Clea (2004). The Bone Woman: A Forensic Anthropologist's Search for Truth in the Mass Graves of Rwanda, Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo. Published by Random House.
  • Long, Leann (2006). Online article: "The Srebrenica Massacre." Retrieved 04/28/2011 from:<http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_go1613/is_2_15/ai_n29270209/pg_4/?tag=content;col1>
  • Whitaker, Phil (2004). Online article: "Clues and Corpses." Retrieved 04/28/2011 from:<http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2004/may/22/highereducation.biography>

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