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"He Was the First One to Lower His Head."

Trigger Warning for Rape, Murder, and Torture

Great profile of Nusreta Siva, a Bosnian concentration camp survivor who used her experience—and years of collecting and transcribing first-hand accounts of other rape victims—to persuade the international war crimes tribunal to classify rape as a war crime.

A young judge, Nusreta Sivac was one of 37 women raped by guards at a concentration camp in Bosnia. They never discussed the nightly traumas — their pained glances were enough to communicate their suffering. She also witnessed murder and torture by Bosnian Serb guards — and was forced to clean blood from walls and floors of the interrogation room.

She told herself to memorize the names and faces of the tormentors so that one day she might bring them to justice.