In 1994 Rwanda was the scene of the first acts since World War II to be legally defined as genocide. Two years later Clea Koff, a twenty-three-year-old forensic anthropologist, was sent to Rwanda by the United Nations to work with a team exhuming victims of the genocide. Her job was to find evidence to bring the perpetrators to trial. Over the next four years, Koff’s gruelling investigations took her across geography synonymous with some of the worst crimes of the twentieth century.
The Bone Woman is Koff’s unflinching, riveting account of her seven UN missions to Bosnia, Croatia, Kosova and Rwanda as she shares what she saw, how it affected her, who was prosecuted based on evidence she found and what she learned about the world.
As she recounts the hellish nature of her work and the heartbreak of survivors, she imbues her story with purpose, humanity and a sense of justice. It is an unforgettable read, alternately riveting, frightening and miraculous. It is a story of hope and enduring moral principles.
Paperback 304 pages. Published 2005.