Date: July 13, 1995
Subj: Bus Convoy, Nova Kasaba, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Author: U.S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
Source: International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY). One of the images US Ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright presented to the UN Security Council as evidence of human rights violations in August 1995. As a result, the international community started to put together the pieces about the fate of nearly 8,000 men and boys massacred in Srebrenica beginning on July 11, 1995.
The image shows a convoy of white buses traveling to and from a football [soccer] field, where groups of prisoners are assembled. Christian Science Monitor reporter David Rohde wrote about this image, a photocopy of which he used to visit the Nova Kasaba site as described in his article ‘Evidence Indicates Bosnia Massacre’ on August 18, 1995:
«US officials first made public charges about alleged atrocities by Bosnian Serbs in this area on Aug. 10. In a closed session of the UN Security Council, US ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright said that as many as 2,700 Bosnian Muslims might have been hastily executed and buried in shallow graves. In a dramatic presentation of evidence, Ms. Albright displayed spy plane and satellite photos of an area in the small farming village of Nova Kasaba, about 14 miles west of Srebrenica. ‘Before’ photos showed prisoners crowded into a soccer field and undisturbed earth in an empty field a half mile away [Image 3]. ‘After’ photos from a few days later show no prisoners and three areas of disturbed earth in outlying fields that resemble mass graves.»