1996 Photo Contest, General News, 2nd prize

David Turnley

Detroit Free Press / Black Star for Time

01 January, 1995

A tired Serb refugee rests his head on the steering wheel of his family's tractor while on the road in Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina. He and his family loaded as much as they could on the farm vehicle and left their home in Krajina, Croatia for safer territory around Belgrade. In 1995 no ethnic group in Bosnia remained untouched by anguish and upheaval. The Serbian conquest of the enclaves of Srebrenica and Zepa - which underscored UN impotence to guarantee their safety - triggered a mass exodus to the last remaining Muslim strongholds. Faced with a Croatian offensive, Serb inhabitants of the Krajina region also packed into trucks and tractors in an attempt to reach Serbia, and many Bosnian Croats sought refuge in Croatia.

About the photographer

David Turnley

American photojournalist David C. Turnley (Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1955) is the winner of two World Press Photo of the Year awards, one Pulitzer Prize, and the Overseas Press Club’s...

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