Author: Katherine Ryken (University of Iowa)
Between 1992-1995, an estimated 20,000-50,000 women were raped during the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Twenty years later, victims of war rape continue to experience severe mental health disorders, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and multiple co-morbidities. A recent comprehensive study of rape survivors who have utilized non-governmental organization (NGO) services demonstrate alarming reports of chronic gynecologic problems. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the role of war-related sexual violence in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Specifically, it will examine the role of medical professionals in post-conflict societies, through documenting human rights abuses and providing clinical care for victims.
Keywords: Women’s health, rape warfare, Bosnia-Herzegovina, transitional justice, post-conflict healthcare, sexual assault, human rights
How to Cite: Ryken, K. (2015) “The role of physicians in transitional justice: combatting the aftermath of mass rape in Bosnia-Herzegovina”, Proceedings in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 5(3). doi: https://doi.org/10.17077/2154-4751.1296