In-depth | Missing persons

Explained: Unearthing Serbia’s mass graves

By - 02.07.2021

In late 2020, news broke of a grim discovery near Serbia’s border with Kosovo. After years of searching, investigators had found multiple human remains in a remote, disused quarry.

It was suspected that the bodies belonged to Kosovar Albanians, murdered 20 years earlier during the war in Kosovo and buried in a mass grave as part of the orchestrated cover up of the crimes by top Serbian officials.

The discovery at Kiževak was another reminder that — although behind the scenes and rarely seen — the painstaking search for more than 1,600 people still missing from the 1998-99 war goes on.

In our latest video explainer, we explore two decades of efforts to unearth Serbia’s mass graves.K


Research: Dafina Halili
Script & narration: Jack Butcher
Editing: Besa Luci
Camera: Matko Bulent & Agon Dana
Video editing: Matko Bulent
Design & animation: Dina Hajrullahu
Sound mix: Studio 11
Production: Dibran Sejdiu






This video was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of Kosovo 2.0 and Humanitarian Law Center Kosovo and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.